PLDT boosts Philippines’ internet speed to fourth fastest in Southeast Asia

The Philippines achieved a median download speed of 88.13 Mbps.

The Philippines has climbed up one spot to fourth place in Southeast Asia, according to Ookla’s latest Speedtest Global Index. The country now trails behind Malaysia and surpasses Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations.

CountryDownload Speeds (Median)
Singapore234.55 Mbps
Thailand201.81 Mbps
Malaysia92.69 Mbps
Philippines88.13 Mbps
Vietnam84.18 Mbps
Brunei49.77 Mbps
Laos29.22 Mbps
Indonesia25.89 Mbps
Myanmar (Burma)19.63 Mbps
Source: Speedtest Global Index Median Country Speeds January 2023

The biggest cities in the Philippines are also showing consistently improving internet speeds:

CityDownload Speeds (January 2022)Download Speeds (January 2023)
Quezon City49.37 Mbps92.21 Mbps
Caloocan City55.95 Mbps91.03 Mbps
Manila City51.40 Mbps90.33 Mbps
Davao City51.74 Mbps89.29 Mbps
Cebu City39.52 Mbps82.73 Mbps
Source: Speedtest Intelligence data for January 2022 and January 2023

This improvement is largely driven by PLDT, the country’s largest integrated telco network, which has been expanding its fiber network across the archipelago. PLDT’s fiber network covers over 1.09 million kilometers and 5.9 million ports, reaching 16.8 million homes in 67 percent of the country’s cities and municipalities as of end-September 2022.

PLDT is also the only telco provider in the Philippines that can offer a fiber-optic service with speeds of up to 10,000 Mbps, the fastest possible broadband connection available in the country.

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The Speedtest Global Index rankings are based on the median download speed that reflects the most accurate internet speeds users are likely to get. According to Ookla, faster internet speeds enable more opportunities for economic growth, education, health care, and entertainment.

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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