Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, testing applications, and technology, bared that the country’s internet connectivity is continuously improving based on its November 2020 report.

For fixed broadband, the latest report shows that the country’s average download speed reached 28.69Mbps, a 262.71% increase from 7.91Mbps back in July 2016.

Overall mobile network performance, meanwhile, yielded an average download speed of 18.49Mbps, equivalent to an increase of 148.52% from 7.44Mbps back in July 2016.

The increase in the country’s internet speed transpired despite the lockdowns in various areas that significantly hindered telcos from proceeding with their infrastructure rollout and cell sites maintenance.

The improvements also transpired despite the country was reeling from the devastation caused by consecutive typhoons that severely damaged infrastructures.

Ookla’s report came at a time when telcos reported a 500% increase in demand for internet services due to the rise of work, education, and entertainment-related usage amid lockdowns.

Lawmakers are closely monitoring telcos’ performance after President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate to telcos to significantly improve their services by the end of the year.

The country’s internet speed is expected to improve further as local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) promise to extend their full cooperation by expediting permits related to building cell towers.

In a report to the president this month, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that more than 2,200 applications for telco permits had been approved as part of the initiative to fast-track the construction of cell sites for better connectivity by the end of the year.

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