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Philippines beat China, India in Net Speeds




There are promised internet speeds by ISPs and there are real internet speeds that consumers actually experience. In a set of data from Akamai, the top 50 countries with the most internet users were ranked based on the average connection speeds.

With an average download speed of 0.9Mbps, the Philippines bested China (0.86Mbps) and India (0.82Mbps).


It was not a surprise that South Korea topped the list at 16.63Mbps followed by Hong Kong (8.57Mbps) and Japan (8.03Mbps). Singapore did not made it to the list since it did not have enough internet users in the global top 50.

Come to think of it, a national average of 0.9Mbps doesn’t seem so bad. Malaysia gets 1.19Mbps, Vietnam has 1.73Mbps, Thailand is 2.90Mbps and Indonesia gets a measly 0.63Mbps.

You can read the full report here.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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28 Responses

  1. vince says:

    What did akamai use to measure speed? Websites like http://www.speedtest.net can be inaccurate sometimes.

  2. kebb says:

    .9Mbps nga but i think on selected areas only like metro manila. How about in other places in the Philippines? I think our ISP here needs some regulations, even though you have 1Mbps for 999 you only get 2/3 or even half of what your paying,my friend have the 3Mbps by globe and it was fast and no loading on youtube,fast download but it was like surfing with 1.7 to 2 mbps,you really cant get the real speed of 3Mbps. The worse is on mobile Internet plans,you’ll be paying 1200 a month, phones have the lowest consumption in Internet usage, except to those people whs using their phone as a modem all the time.
    You know guys i think as a consumer and a subscriber we need to get what we are paying for.

  3. Mon Makuto says:

    @kebb

    bobo, mas mabilis pa nga ISP sa mga provinces e. quit yapping about the price you pay.

  4. kebb says:

    @mon

    san b ung provinces na yan? Regarding po sa price, iam just comparing it sa ibang network, just like Saunalahti,they can give unlimited web surfing for 31 days for just 12 EUR on top of your plan. I think talking about the price will do no harm to anyone, its just not right for me not to value money regarding this matter. Iam not a rich guy like you,im just a person who wants justice in every way i can.

  5. mr. bogus says:

    not enough!! talagang pinagkakitaan talaga ng mga telecom company ang mga consumer nila….
    sa smart na lang for example.. hindi lang 13th month ang natatanggap ng mga empleyado nila kundi more than 30th month pay pa(thats a fact!)… sa sahod pa lang nila makikita mo na!

  6. kebb says:

    oo nga.. sa iba nga eh hindi na eexpire yung load nila. bakit kaya d kayng gawin nang smart and globe yan..

  7. Fleeb says:

    @kebb: they will not lose a significant number of subs if they don’t do that, so they stick to that. Also, even if all local ISPs won’t increase consumer Internet speeds, they still won’t lose subscribers. If the telecoms earn that much, then there is nothing you can do about that. They want to earn money and it’s their business. In their point of view, if you don’t like them earning money, you can always switch to other ISPs. Or you can work for Smart.

    As for the speeds, I have a Globe subscription of 1Mbps speed and I maximize that speed 99% of the time. Except for 720p YouTube vids, there is no need to buffer. Video clips plays smoothly. (I am based in Cainta, so technically it’s outside MM.)

  8. nimo23 says:

    Hindi naman surprising and news nato.ang kakaiba kung may tatalo na sa South Korea

  9. kups says:

    negosyong negosyo talaga yang mga telecom na yan lalo na ang smart. Kung tutuusin pede nila taasan yung net speeds at bandwidth

  10. kups2 says:

    @mon

    ayos sa comment ah. bat matalino ka?

    back to topic: masyado ng napagiwanan ang isp natin compared sa western countries.

    mas matataas ang offering ng isp nila compared satin. siguro kasi mayamang bansa sila. kulelat ka nga kung may 1 to 2 mbps connection ka sa US. kasi parang ang standard ata dun 10mbps pataas. o sa mga mayayamang taga dun lang yun. nabanggit kasi ito ni kevin rose sa isa sa mga session nila sa diggnation. wala lang just sharing.

    @mon pare na turn off ako sa comment mo. bobo

  11. manny says:

    the phils may not be at the best situation, but its good to know its not that bad.

  12. Gumz says:

    at least… hindi tayo ang ang nasa huli…

  13. Jay Jay says:

    My friend went to South Korea recently, about a month ago I think, and found out that their internet speed was blazing fast. I think he downloaded some Gigabytes of files/videos in an hour or less.

    I think we can get more!!

  14. wow tindi ng speed ng south korea ah.

  15. mary says:

    Sorry for pointing out the obvious but I think Mon Makuto is just a troll @ yugatech. =/ nababadtrip din ako sa comments niya nung nag-start ako tumambay dito pero ngayon… ewan. Haha… tawa na lang.

    And I agree with those who say that the reason we pay high rates for low internet speeds is because wala naman tayong ibang choice sa internet. Globe/Smart/Sun lang (sorry kung may iba pa pero hindi sila sikat)

    Therefore these ISPs can choose how much to (over)charge. That’s how the market works…

    Pero hindi rin naman ibig sabihin na ngingiti na lang tayo at tatanggapin yun. Ano namang masama kung magreklamo tayo at mura-murahin sila? Nagbabayad naman tayo at hindi naman sila maghihirap kung may isang bad comment sa yugatech. Haha

  16. netbooksearcher says:

    Wow. Viet Nam’s is almost twice as fast as ours.

  17. sherwin says:

    dito sa Philippines, i assume almost 60Gbps ang going to international capacities na kinakain ng mga telco, ilan dito ang local content? baka wala pang 3Gbps. Sobrang mahal ng international transit costs natin, that’s why di mabigay ng mga telco na mura ang internet dito at a higher speed, the operating expenses is just too high.

    Just to give a ballpark figure, 1Mbps of IP transit capacity to the US would cost a telco around the $100 point, that is excluding the cost of the local transit here in the country pa, equipment and everything needed to run a network.

    so when they say 899 pesos for 1Mbps DSL, of course that is shared amongst a certain number of subscribers to get into some profit. since it’s shared, up to 1Mbps lang talaga, minsan 1Mbps minsan hindi, depende sa number of people using the capacity concurrently.

    if you want a real 1Mbps and get what you pay for, then get a leased line, pag di umabot ng 1Mbps yan, may rebates ka pa from the telco.

  18. Teknisyan says:

    there goes Mon again.. anyway… I think that 0.9Mbps is an average for the whole country. But I think this can change anytime as long as the ISP here can provide a faster and reliable connection.

  19. Dante Noe says:

    and I QUOTE which is true!

    “The speeds in this article are actual connection speeds. We’re not showing what people are paying for, we’re showing what kind of real-world speeds they are actually getting. After all, we all know that ISPs don’t always deliver the kind of connection speeds that they promise in their ads.”

    -from http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/11/12/real-connection-speeds-for-internet-users-across-the-world/

  20. Wendal says:

    Speeds here are a joke. Argue all you want out of inexperience, but anyone who’s been to a country with even half-developed infrastructure knows we’re comparing trash to trash. Who wants to be compared to some of the most poorly developed countries in Asia? I had a real 3Mbps over 5 years ago while living in the US at $30 a month. It’s only the complete greed and ineptitude of the ISPs that keep this country begging for an extra kb where it can get it. Two hardly working megabits for the equivalent of US$35 in a country where the average person barely earns $5 a day? Absolute garbage.

  21. Jeric says:

    Really? Best but not stable… pabugso bugso lang yan… Lahat ng ISP dito sa pinas bulok! We are paying a thousand pesos for a bad service! Page time out and connection reset is all you get!

  22. edwin says:

    amazing buti na lang hindi pa talaga nahuhuli ang pinas!

    sa mga nagrereklamo about sa speed ng broadband.

    It’s a residential subscription. The speed will always be the port speed you have subscribed to. Yun ang connection mo papuntang sa network nila. Ang problema baka E1 lang ang connection nila palabas ng network nila, dun ka talo :)

    Pero kung talagang gusto mo ng dedicated 2mbps para sa 2k pesos mo per month parang hindi naman mangyayare yun diba?

    Also ang termination papuntang US ay medyo mahal. Considering ang isang e1(2040kbps) ipls connection papuntang 1 wilshire costs about 1800 usd (based sa quote na pinadala sa akin ng pacnet noon pang panahon ng kopong kopong) now pagka terminate ng connection mo sa US syempre maghananap ka ng ka peering mo and another cost na naman yun.

    Kaya mahal ang internet connection natin dito sa pinas dahil napapaligiran tayo ng tubig. sabihin na natin may undersea cable tayo pero ilang gig lang naman ang kaya nung ibigay? :)

  23. Manix says:

    i understand that a lot of folks are still frustrated about the phils internet/telecom infrastructure (me included), but on the positive side, at least this is better than lets say…5years ago?

    and we cant really compare the phil setting to Korea, SG or US, coz lets face it–we’re still in 3rd world country status–and that goes for almost everything in terms of govt structure, devt, etc.

  24. DJ Alyaris says:

    If we’re talking about price-speed relationship, then talo talaga ang Pinoy. For the same price, you can get almost twice the speed in any other country (not to mention those countries actually have a high standard of living so their money has a better value than hours). Say for example sa ‘tin we can get a promised 768 Kbps at 1k a month. For almost the same price at 25$, you can already get a 2 to 3 Mbps speed. There are even companies like Comcast, who can give you a year or 2 year promotion at that price for a 12 Mbps speed!

    And yes, somehow totoo na for some provinces mas mabibilis pa speed nila kesa sa MManila, but just some not all. Bakit? Kasi some ISPs, if not all, just uses a “splitter router/switch” to split the speed/bandwidth they allot for a certain area to all the subscribers in the said area. Since in the provinces there are lesser subscribers than the alloted bandwidth at times, the speed is faster.

    Anyway, I guess the reason why our speed is not that fast, is because we’re an archipelago and it’s actually not easy to create underwater pipes for our bandwidth as a country. And also, the TelCo and ISPs are somehow an oligopoly agreeing upon themselves the price and speed they’ll set as a standard. Some, if not all, of them don’t care about the customers. As long as there’s no other choice for internet service, we’ll buy whatever’s available.

  25. jugs says:

    i have always been a prepaid subscriber until last year. i was enticed into getting a postpaid plan (with globe) around midyear of 2009. i chose the G-Flex 1800 since i can use internet out of my MSF. sadly, the network is all about advertising and not delivery. Im in butuan by the way. the internet is so slow and by august this year, i can no longer connect when im at home, only when im in downtown. that’s too bad for me coz of the 24-month lock up period. without the internet, i am forced to use my P 1,800 monthly fee on calls/texts and that is not worth it given the fact that they are now offering superplans and myfully loaded plans. i am boycotting Globe after my lock-up period. i know, i sound bitter. i wouldn’t if i were not made to believe that their service will be consistent. nagtiyaga ako sa napaka slow na connection then tuluyan pang nawala. sayang naman ng pera ko. if only these telecoms could deliver what they promise, it would not hurt me to shell out as much as P1,800 a month or even more. but then again, i realized, they’re really only after my money. also, when they’re new plans (my fully loaded and supers) took a hit in the market, i began experiencing service lags and connection problems. sometimes, i cannot connect to another number which i had no problem calling before. if this is not bullshit then i do not know what it is. it would have made me feel better if i could avail of the fully loaded plans but maintain my MSF but no, they won’t allow it. so im stuck with a plan that costs more while new subscribers get something better – way better. i do not know how they come up with that marketing plan but as far as im concerned, it is totally unwise and very discouraging. it seems to me that the concept of customer care is alien to them. had i stick to prepaid plans, maybe i wont have to experience these things and feel real bad. i thought that if i had become a postpaid subscriber, i’ll get better treatment but frankly, there was no felt difference in the service. i even got to have an altercation with one Globe agent (through their hotline) and he sounded so opposite of someone brilliant and smart. he kept yapping about “that is our policy” when my point exactly is how come their policy is this and that. i kept rereading the fine prints on the contract (yes, i have the patience to read those) to find something in support of their claims and mine and nothing seems clearcut. well, it is indeed true that consumerism in the Philippines is a long way behind other countries and by the looks of it, i might not live long enough to see its dawn and im still 30.

    dammit! it all started with net speed but now i’ve written too much already.

  26. U not kidding me?
    Philippines net speed is faster than China and India?
    India and China have much more users than Philippines. I wonder how they going to use such slow internet speed to survive. Even china have so much pirated software free download from them. How come have so low net speed but they still able to share those online..
    It is fake?

  27. amats says:

    totoo mas mabagal ang India saten. kaya nandito na ung mga BPO na dating andun.

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