Each quarter of the year, Akamai publishes a report that includes data gathered worldwide about broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage. A global provider in content delivery network (CDN) services headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Akamai’s content delivery network is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms serving 15-30 percent of all web traffic.
The 2nd Quarter, 2016 Akamai State of Internet Report ranked the Philippines 6th, with an average speed of 8.5 Mbps, in mobile Internet connection speed in the Asia Pacific region. The latest Akamai report also indicates that the Philippines achieved 105.1 Mbps peak mobile speed, the third highest in Asia Pacific next to Australia and Thailand.
While “South Korea maintained its global lead despite its 7.2% drop to 27.0 Mbps,” “the Philippines enjoyed the strongest growth in the region, with a 79% quarterly gain,” the report said.
The 2Q Akamai report also showed the Philippines has an average internet speed of 4.3 Mbps in fixed broadband, up by 24% QoQ and 27% YoY. The country registered the strongest growth in Asia Pacific region in terms of “above 4Mbps connectivity adoption” at 33% adoption rate, growing 79% QoQ and 116% YoY.
For above 10 Mbps connectivity adopted, the country showed a 5% adoption, growing by 86% QoQ and 683% YoY. For 15Mbps connectivity adoption rate, the country is at a nascent 2.1% adoption, up 109% QoQ and 872% YoY.
Globe Telecom’s reaction
In a statement sent to techTV.ph Globe Telecom said its “efforts to improve internet experience of its customers advanced significantly in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, as the company managed to drive the mobile internet speed ranking of the Philippines with its 1st world internet campaign.”
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said reiterated the company’s commitment to improve the state of internet in the Philippines in order to make the nation admired globally. “More and more Filipinos are becoming dependent on fast and reliable internet connectivity, it is imperative that telco operators like Globe work closely with the government in expanding and improving telecommunication services,” Cu said.
Cu also said Globe is maximizing the use of additional frequency assets it obtained from the sellout of San Miguel’s telco assets in line with its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to deploy about 4,500 multiband, multimode software defined radio base station equipment to 95% of total municipalities and cities in the country, intended to improve overall customer experience in terms of speed and reliability of mobile internet services.
Globe has already completed deployment of LTE 700 in 200 sites, mostly in Metro Manila as well as LTE 2600 in 900 sites, mostly in Visayas and Mindanao.
According to Cu, sites where the LTE 700 and LTE 2600 have been deployed cover major business districts and highly-urbanized and populated areas in the country.
Globe also expanded its GoWiFi network as it recently completed deployment of the service in close to 500 sites that include Ayala Malls, fast food chains, bus terminals, convenience stores and other public places.
Cu said Globe is working on widening its WiFi coverage and plan to deploy GoWiFi services in close to 1,000 sites across the country to provide WiFi coverage not only Metro Manila but also in Davao, Cebu, Bulacan, Cavite, Cagayan Valley, Cagayan de Oro, Nueva Vizcaya, Dumaguete, Zamboanga and Boracay.
Launched in 2015, GoWiFi, the Globe’s premium open national WiFi network, is now serving about 3 million monthly users. The company’s national WiFi network is open to Globe or non-Globe users who have wifi-enabled devices. The service is offered for free for 30 minutes a day but users can purchase GoWiFi credits that can be used in any GoWiFi hotspot.
According to Cu, the company is also about to complete deployment of free Wi-Fi services in all MRT Line 3 stations, enabling Globe subscribers riding the MRT to access the Internet for free for 30 minutes daily on their transit time. The deployment of this free Wi-Fi services is expected to benefit around 350,000 daily passengers of MRT Line 3.
Aside from MRT Line 3, Globe also signed an agreement to provide free Wi-Fi services in all 20 LRT stations.
Cu said the provision of free WiFi services in all MRT3 stations is part of the company’s initiative to enhance network capacities.
In addition to deployment of WiFi services, Globe said it will also provide fiber optic cable system that will extend the length of the entire LRT 1 and cover all LRT stations and LRMC’s depot in Pasay City.
Globe also recently signed with the Metro Manila Development Authority a similar agreement that will allow the telco provider to deploy wireless infrastructure in MMDA controlled areas as part of its efforts to enhance network coverage and capacities. (Source: techTV.ph)