PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia



MANILA, Philippines – Despite being regarded as the social media capital of the world, the Philippines has the slowest internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region and is ranked 158th out of 190 countries worldwide.

According to the Net Index ( rankings by internet broadband testing company Ookla, Philippines has an average speed of 3.54 Megabits per second (Mbps).

In comparison, Hong Kong has 77 Mbps putting it first in the world, while the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbor Singapore is second with 65 Mbps as of the April 2014 rankings.

Thailand has an average speed of 17.92 Mbps (48th worldwide), Vietnam has 13 Mbps (61st), Cambodia has 5.74 Mbps (116th), Malaysia has 5.4 Mbps (122nd), Brunei has 5.3 Mbps (125th), Myanmar has 5.22 Mbps (127th), Laos has 4.33 Mbps (143rd), and Indonesia has 4.19 mbps (148th).

Ookla says in its website that it creates the rankings through its NetMetrics Database that obtains network test “of internet, mobile, fiber, and even satellite network.”

The Net Index rankings is “powered by billions of aggregated NetMetrics data and is a free and powerful advocate we created to help the global Internet computing community get the most from their broadband provider and enhance their connected lifestyle,” Ookla said.

Other Asian countries that rank within the top 50 are South Korea which has an average speed of 52.9Mbps (4th), Japan with 41.1 Mbps (9th), and China with 19.04 Mbps (45th).

Western countries mostly also rank within the top 50 such as Great Britain which has 27 Mbps (23th), the United States with 23 Mbps (34th), and France with 33.9 Mbps (17th).

Slowest countries

The Philippines is slightly slower than Central American countries Guatemala which has an average speed of 3.7 Mbps (155th) and Honduras which has 3.8 Mbps (154th).

The Philippines is ahead in the rankings compared to South American countries Paraguay which has speeds of 3.42 Mbps (160th) and Bolivia which has 2.06 Mbps (177th).

At the bottom of the rankings are Syria with 1.57 Mbps (181st), Cuba with 1.54 Mbps (182nd), and African countries Burkina Faso with 0.8 Mbps (189th) and Niger 0.78 Mbps (190th)

Ookla says in its website that their broadband testing methodologies and software are used by a wide range of Internet Service Provider in the world.

“Ookla solutions have been adopted by nearly every Internet Service Provider in the world, and have been translated into over 30 languages for use by thousands of small businesses, federal and state governments, universities and major organizations such as AT&T, BBC, Cisco, Comcast, FCC, Reuters, Time Warner, Verizon, Vodafone and Vonage,” it said.



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  • Manuel_II

    For days we are not allowed to post here and suddenly after the issue has died down im here. weird or damage control?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    The Philippines telcos competing with NAIA to check witch one is the World worst,
    or how to make the Country the most disgusting for tourism.

    China is better by far for tourists, hotels and restaurants have generally much faster and free internet services…

    In case there is internet professional needs, to be in RP is a wrong choice

  • Herman Near

    The following is merely my point of view:

    1. PLDT and BayanTel has not joined this interconnection thing. While I can speculate as to why, we may never know the true reason until something changes.
    2. Bayantel, Globe, Eastern and Philcom should start imitating what PLDT does– interconnecting undersea cables with other telecom consortiums. Why is PLDT the only one doing this?
    3. If you want their services to improve, invest on their stocks. If you’re sick of their services, switch and invest elsewhere.
    4. Stop thinking negative things about the telecom industry, or the country in general. What you think manifests. If you keep thinking they are evil, they WILL BE. Even though this may seem to be “lying to yourself”, a mantra like this can influence who you are in general.
    5. Know the proper avenues where to complain should something critical happens. Their service centers usually have more knowledgeable people than their field people, or those simply contracted by telecom companies.
    6. If you can choose between copper and fiber optic, choose fiber optic. They are not affected by electricity and will translate to less signal lost. This was my problem with my old DSL line. Of course, your mileage may vary. What may be good for me may not be necessarily good for you too.
    7. Cable internet. Know beforehand if the quality is good, as even cable providers like Sky Broadband and MyDestiny has areas that are known to be bad!
    8. Know which area has the best telecom quality.
    9. Be active in giving reactions directed to telecom companies. Sometimes they need pressure to get something done, but at the same time, do know that there are other things they are dealing with that are more immediate. Empathy and consideration, while asserting your own rights. A balance, if you will.
    10. Keep your mind open. For all things, not just this issue.

    • Moregun Freeman

      Please be guided accordingly.
      http://manilastandardtoday. com/2013/02/22/globes-interconnection-woes/

      Another link worth reading.

      http://forum. lol. garena. ph/showthread.php?50649-ISPs-in-Philippines-the-real-facts-and-why-you-should-care

      lookup Philippine Open IX’s website too.

      • Herman Near

        Hmm. Okay. Reading that up, the only way to compel this is for the citizens to lobby a mandatory interconnect gateway network. That should make telecoms shake at their pants and actually obey.

        But if this is to be realized, this movement has to start NOW.

    • reddfrog

      You know, one of the biggest problems of PH is that people are too accepting of excuses and poor service. Ika nga, mahaba ang pasensya. If this were to happen in the country where I am now this would have been a national tragedy and there would be protests and legislative actions. The internet right now is vital for business. People should demand accountability. If other countries can have double digit speed why can’t the PH? Even Cambodia has faster speed. Cambodia! And you still ask people to be more understanding?

    • neverwint3r

      you must be someone from one of these telcos and trying to be an apologist for them. really? invest in their stocks? lmao just how many filipinos you think are stupid enough to do this – invest in a company with poor service? rather, companies must offer good service to attract customer and investors. or are you one of those citizens for rewarding incompetence?

      di pa siguro nakakalabas ng bansa kaya satisfied na sa poor service. if youve been to other countries(singapore, s. korea, US, japan, australia, canada etc) you will know that the internet speed in the philippines is too slow and unreliable. i do not think filipinos have even heard of what is adsl2+ is. telcos do not improve because they are a monopoly.

      ito ang mahirap sa karamihang pinoy. masyado forgiving and accepting. this is why corruption in the country is rampant, they tolerate crooks and political dynasties are supreme.

    • Atahualpa

      “invest in their stocks” really? now that i think deeply is a good advice because they are a monopoly and their stock should perform safely. Back to the point simply let 100% ownership foreign operators to enter the country and see what competition do in favor of customers. Investigations like the one a senator is claiming will not control monopolies, its a waste of time and money, the best solution is to let in foreign rivals to compete with their business and see who survives.

  • Cobra

    If foreign ownership laws are changed a lot of genuine competition will open up the market for the better.Globe is 40% owned by Singtel but the remaining 60% is owned by Ayalas.This is the only Singtel subsidiary that suffers from slow speeds,Singtel owns telecomunications businesses in Singapore,Thailand,Indonesia,Malaysia and Australia all have faster internet speeds much better than in the Phils.The reason is the control and management also some of these foreign businesses forks out 100% of the capital then have to hand over the 60% to the locals who only acts as dummies to comply with the laws.It is the same in power and other industries in the Phils.

  • Herman Near


    Y’all think the telcos are dirty and opportunist, I think somehow they’re trying to be updated. It’s easy to say they’re all dirty and corrupted, while turning a blind eye on other problems that makes upgrading and high speed internet possible, that include, but are not limited to: outdated delivery technologies, incessant whiners, theft (of wires, and otherwise), litigations, existing investments that they have to wait to lapse, pending problems and survivability.

    it’s really easy to say they’re corrupt, in cahoots with shenanigans and such, but your perspective will change once you find out the other side of the story. It’s obvious many people here do not know the other side of the story.

    I have several subscriptions to telcos; I used to complain to PLDT about their DSL service too, but they apparently heard enough of my protest and offered me a fiber optic line, and waived all fees associated to having it connected, including the fees for the disconnection of the last one. Not once has this fiber optic line failed, not even in the line break in taiwan and korea. (it did get slow during that time, but rebounded soon enough). I got two lines, a 3mbps and a 8mbps. So far, so good.

    PLDT linemen I talked to are telling me of migrations to fiber optic lines because the copper lines are really starting to be a liability, first because of the increasing line noise, and second, these lines are prone to theft. I can say they are progressing, but your mileage may vary. Now if they can increase their minimum speed, that would be great. They’re using GPON for fibr which can reach gigabit speeds. And their ONU modem are all gigabit. I think something good is ahead on the road.

    As for Bayantel, I can’t trust them with gaming because of their horrible ping spikes and noob technicians who can’t get the gist of my complaints. They have their ups and downs, but the fact they have the only other gateway apart from PLDT is probably why Globe acquired them. On the good side, their line quality for DSL is far more stable than PLDT in some areas, but their bandwidth is where they really need improvement. Their ZTE candy-shaped modem is too sensitive to line noise too.

    Don’t get me started with Globe. They’re not consistent with quality and also have noob technicians. I heard they’re really good in San Juan and Makati, but not elsewhere. Globe also has a foil to PLDT’s fibr, called Torque, but I haven’t seen this rolled out anywhere.

    In closing, they have their reasons why we get lackluster speeds, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be like this forever. Minimum speeds of internet have been changing these past few years. Speed and quality doesn’t end on the telco’s side.. some of it are at the user’s hands as well.

    • Thomas Expat

      “some of it are at the user’s hands as well”
      Pardon me?

      • Herman Near

        You know, incessant torrenting, hardware factors, unknowingly running malware and worms, a skewed understanding of how bandwidth works and the power and capacity of the user’s device. Unchecked, these things contribute to slow internet usage.

      • What, Me worry?

        You know bandwidth capping?
        Madaming web developers ang umaasa sa large data transfers ex, sa backups. Have you checked their misleading advertisements, their flyers? alam mo ba kung ilan ang nabiktima nuon?

        Kung malware worms and torrent lang ang alam mong reason mag MIRC ka nalang.

        ISPs, nagpadala kayo ng apologist nyo olats pa. walang pinagkaiba sa mga phone support nyo tracert lang hindi pa alam.

        nag-aalam alaman

      • Herman Near

        Do I even have to dignify this numbskull’s reply? Good job cherrypicking the factors you can only speak against. Shows how little you really know.

      • What, Me worry?

        eh di tameme ka iyan nalang nasabi mo. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

        your inability to give a decent response shows your vast knowledge in the field, field of nothing. LMAO.

      • Herman Near

        Coming from someone who cannot accept views contrary to their hollowed on, even if you think “you’re the best”, the world begs to think otherwise. You’re only as good as the last concept you immersed into. Don’t throw the ball at me. You failed to answer those, and your replies, how do I begin, they are so early 2000s. So 2000s they don’t deserve the dignity of a proper reply.

        It’s painfully obvious you can’t handle views contrary to your own and make wild assumptions. I bet you can’t handle criticism either.

      • What, Me worry?

        answer what? that I should be thankful for the crap ISPs are giving to their consumers? Only people who eat crap will accept crap. .
        It’s not your critism that I can’t handle, its your ignorance that amuses me.
        Your provider/employer loves you so much

      • Herman Near

        Ignorance. You love throwing around that word you yourself are guilty of. But then again, you’re like a blind person who can see. You only want to see what you want to see, but eschew the things you don’t. You only want to see the problems, not how people have worked their way around to get something close to speedy connections. For you, any answers is a reality you can’t handle.

      • What, Me worry?

        Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. That’s stealing. That’s cheating, That’s lying to people. And those who’ll say that it’s OK to lie, ignore it like it didn’t happen are condoning the wrong deed. I’ll work my way around so they can lie and cheat more people? No, sir. Kung iyan nag natutunan mo sa family mo. I respect that.

      • Herman Near

        I did not see anything that they misrepresented, and I know for one that just because they offered this, doesn’t mean it is what you get 100%. Several factors can distort those beyond known control. Otherwise, we’d be seeing a class lawsuit by now, don’t you think?

        I don’t condone lying, cheating and stealing, but that doesn’t mean you are helpless once you are victimized of it. People fail to realize they should not be victims and find ways around things. Don’t mistake the ability to work around things for tolerance.

        it is not fair to assume that they are all evil, but then, it doesn’t mean we should not give them a wake-up call, BUT should one do, it must be at the right venue and at the right medium. Many times, these legitimate grievances are dismissed as trolling due to the complaints done at the wrong way.

      • What, Me worry?

        Not misleading? just one of their misleading flyers.
        here’s a sample https://twitter. com/carloshconde/status/300063435071291392

        No such thing as 100%
        But I believe there’s reason why QCs and ISO standards were established :)

        The right venue and at the right medium?
        https://www. facebook. com/PLDTHome
        Check out the comment section.

        I rest my case.

      • Herman Near

        Hmm. Good call about that standards thing.

        Now about complaints… for it to bring positive action, it is not enough. The facebook pages can be ignored. We need an avenue they can’t turn a blind eye to. If people truly have problems, they must know where to go. Even if it means befriending someone from inside.

        If people truly wants something done, they must move heaven and earth. Anything less is just meaningless projection.

        While I am happy with my connection, I will eventually prod them in the future to start thinking of the future and match services with the rest of the SEA with value for money. Today is good, but tomorrow may not be.

        Both telecom and customer must do their own parts if we are to remove this stigma of having slow internet.

    • What, Me worry?


      An apologist.

      Then tell your masters not to promise what they can’t deliver. Madami pa pala silang problems na dapat ayusin eh. Ayusin muna nila.

      • Herman Near

        An expected reply from someone who is clearly ignorant of the situation. You whine “promise not delivered”, yet conveniently block out the other side of the fence. You seem to live in a spoiled-brat world where everything is fed on a silver spoon and nothing less.

      • What, Me worry?

        People subscribed and payed for the services these ISPs promise to deliver. Simple as that.When the bills arrive pwede rin bang sabihin sa kanila ng client na “sorry hindi ako makakabayad ngayon kasi madami pa akong utang, pasensya na hindi kumpleto bayad ko, sorry hindi ako makakatupad sa pinagusapan nating amount ng bayad, yung pera kasi nasa taiwan sumablay ng padala palaging sablay yung magpadala eh yun eh, mahirap kumita ngayon, may mga pinapagawa ako dito sa bahay, yung kotse ko kasi inuupgrade ko, i’ll just issue a report number.”
        No, disconnection notice na ang kasunod niyan. Baka sabihan ka pa ng “aba, problema mo iyan.” No excuses. You should pay for the service they provide even if its below par.
        Now who’s the spoiled brat? Magisip ka nga. kaya hindi umaasenso Pinas dahil sa mga katulad mong mababa ang standards, mga utak “Pwede na iyan.” Sige goodluck.

      • Herman Near

        The spoiled brat is easily you. Demanding for things while ignoring the petty reality that nothing in this world is perfect. Which results in you getting the worst in life.

        As for me, I get the best despite this so-called slow bandwidth. I know where the fast and slow sites are, and work my way around it.

        I can adjust, unlike you, who can only whine, complain and blame.

      • What, Me worry?

        With morons like you, who needs quality customer service?

      • Herman Near

        So knowledgeable people who can work around problems are morons? And the incessant whiners, complainants and ranters are the dignified intelligent ones? I’d like to know what you’re huffing down your lungs right now, it must be some pretty strong stuff.

      • What, Me worry?

        check out @moreguns’ post.

        and knowledgeabe? oh, please don’t flatter yourself.

      • Herman Near

        Says the person who can’t accept other views and the reality of things that are different.

      • What, Me worry?

        check out @moreguns’ post.

      • Herman Near

        Unfortunately, that’s not possible with private posts.

      • What, Me worry?

        He replied to your comment. Replies to your comments are not private, genius. Here’s a “workaround”
        Moregun Freeman Herman Near

        39 minutes ago

        I’m sure you’re not the one who pays the bill.

        Hermans’ analogy .
        Went to a supermarket,
        buys a kilo of meat,
        Received 1/2 kilo
        Cashier demands herman to pay for a kilo
        Hermans’ gladly pays because he believes “someday” things will be fair and better.
        How romantic.


      • Herman Near

        Except I can see it coming. If I sense I’ll be shortchanged, I won’t buy it in the first place. Putting in telecom perspective, if I somehow predict I will be shortchanged, I won’t subscribe. I won’t buy further prepaid.

        It already happened with Globe. They suck in my area.

        It pays to ask around and be knowledgeable. What Moregun Freeman posted is simply a vengeance-motivated post filled with nothing but emotions.

      • What, Me worry?

        http://pldthome. com/surf/mybro/about

        Why use the word “Unlimited” when the service is “capped”?
        Their FUP doesn’t say the cap limit, it can be a big help in making adjustments on your side of the network. ask the Tech Support about it the and the standard reply is “we don’t know the exact bandwidth for the cap.”

        There are lots of pending complaints, petitions at NTC and DTI’s doorsteps about these geedy ISPs, google is your friend.

      • Herman Near

        Why are people still using that MyBro? Everybody knows it sucks here. Wired connections is still the best choice here in Metro Manila for homes. Canopy isn’t great here.

        Oddly enough, MyBro is competent in provinces like Pampanga.

        As I said, it pays to know beforehand what connections work and what does not. If people really are fed up with it, they should drop the subscription. That will send alarm bells to the telecom and make them move to give the service a second and long, hard look.

      • Moregun Freeman

        Maybe it pays to ask first what services are available in the area. What if DSL is not yet available? Mybro is incompetent on all front, but some people don’t have any decent choice, but that doesn’t mean telcos should exploit this. Honesty is the best policy.

      • Herman Near

        Hmm. Which makes me wonder… I heard Wimax was uncapped, unlike canopy.

        But then, I heard of wimax pilferage going around.

      • Ray

        Please stfu, he’s right you are a moron. Another moron in this country full of them. Enjoy your 19th century internet while the world laughs at your stupidity.

      • Angry Nanay

        Are you aware that we have government agencies like DTI and NTC?

        Now, check this network map

        http://www. phopenix. net/networkmap/
        If you’re still clueless on what’s going on then STFU.

      • Herman Near

        STFU. What a good advice. Have you ever considered following this advice of yours?

    • GuestUzer

      LOL we need our rebate because I am only getting half of the promised speed since I subscribed to PLDT.

      • Herman Near

        Take it up with them if you have problems. That’s what i did.

    • Moregun Freeman

      I’m sure you’re not the one who pays the bill.

      Hermans’ analogy .
      Went to a supermarket,
      buys a kilo of meat,
      Received 1/2 kilo
      Cashier demands herman to pay for a kilo
      Hermans’ gladly pays because he believes “someday” things will be fair and better.
      How romantic.


      • Herman Near

        Are you typing this at your own twisted point of view? Unless your deep drive to prove me wrong has made you forget that I check out things before I commit or purchase.

        Or you lack the foresight to see where it is good before you purchase.

      • Moregun Freeman

        Actually no, I’m not trying to prove you wrong but if the shoe fits, feel free to lace that b1tch up & wear it.

        seriously, now you’re admitting that these telcos are monsters and people should ask around first. You’re singing a different tune! That’s nice.

      • Herman Near

        Well there you go. I check my purchases before I commit.
        Now for problems that occur beforehand, a close civil correspondence works. I appreciate your reply.

  • bit coin

    kailangan kasi baguhin na ang lecheng 1987 Constitution lalo na ang 60/40 rule. Kaya walang makatapat sa Smart at Globe wala namang iba pang Filipino company ang may kakayahang maginvest ng pera at may technical knowhow para labanan ang mga kapwa natin Pilipino na nagsasamantala sa atin

    Okay sige goodluck kung makahanap ka ng may technical knowhow at may perang Filipino company na tatayong competitor ng Smart at Globe. Tingnan mo nangyari sa Liberty Telecom (wi-tribe) ni Ramon Ang ng San Miguel under corporate rehab.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      humbly, i disagree po.

      ang problema po kasi, pag na saturate ang isang area, lets use an example, makati (specific area), with rich ones, nawawala ang mga original inhabitants ng area. and so you could say poor people are leaving makati, while more rich people are coming to live there.

      and so poor people get waylaid. worst case is that makati would be like a different country where everything is beautiful, while the people who owns it are rich ones, but the people who work there are from the outlying cities.

      And so, little by little makati might be prospering, but its just because the poorer people are leaving. The ideal is that ALL the people should be prospering.

      I think the solution is for the filipinos to invest personal money into these developments. Otherwise, mga Intsik, the Ayalas, Ortigas and other foreign sounding names are the only ones who will prosper.

  • frankahilario

    You know how long it took me to post this comment in Manila? 57 minutes. Just exaggerating a little bit.

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