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15% to 20% data traffic increase in 1st week of quarantine – PLDT

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:11 PM

An increase in calls and text messages is also observed


Download speeds in Metro Manila about 73% faster than Cebu, Davao – Opensignal

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The firm reports overall download speeds of 11.6Mbps in Metro Manila, 7.9Mbps in Angeles, 6.7Mbps in Davao, 6.6Mbps in Cebu, and 6.4Mbps in Cagayan de Oro


Globe argues service is defined by overall quality, not just speed

Mar 07, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Globe says it 'continues to improve customers’ overall quality of experience and not just speed'


Mobile speed in Philippines 'still below most of developed world' – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

This is the second report this week that shows Smart being ahead of Globe in terms of mobile internet speeds

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler


PLDT, Smart have fastest fixed and mobile internet in Q3, Q4 2018 – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PLDT and Smart retain the Speed Test crown in Ookla's latest report


Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

Overall mobile data speeds in PH have notably improved – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:51 AM

OpenSignal reports that in the last 6 months, Globe’s average overall download speed increased 14% to 5 Mbps while Smart grew 29% to 7.5 Mbps

PH declines in Ookla Speedtest Global Index for April 2018

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The country goes down from the 95th spot to the 96th in the mobile speed rankings, and from the 82nd to 83rd place in fixed broadband rankings

PH remains next to last in 4G speeds, availability in ASEAN – OpenSignal

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

OpenSignal says not a lot has changed in terms of mobile network speed and availability from its previous study in the Philippines 6 months ago

Australia aims to stop ISPs from falsely advertising internet speeds

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:50 AM

A legislation currently being considered by the Australian government requires internet service providers to be more transparent with their consumers – by only advertising speeds they can actually provide

ANDREW WILKIE. Australian Member of Parliament Andrew Wilkie speaks about his proposed law on false internet speed advertisements. Screen shot from YouTube

Possible trend between national happiness and net freedom, internet speed – report

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Comparing data from different studies, a blog post by a VPN provider sees that countries with high internet speeds and net freedom are also countries with high levels of happiness


PLDT to nearly double int'l submarine cable capacity to 8.4 Tbps by 2019

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM

By the end of this year, PLDT’s submarine cable capacity will be 4.49 Tbps – up 140% from 2015

How fast are internet speeds in ASEAN countries?

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Singapore's internet speeds are the fastest while ASEAN Summit host, Philippines, has the slowest speeds among ASEAN countries tested in Akamai and OpenSignal speed reports


Alibaba's Jack Ma: PH internet 'no good'

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Rather than pointing fingers, the Chinese tycoon urges the private sector to grasp the opportunity and invest in better internet infrastructure for guaranteed returns

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Smart LTE faster overall than Globe across PH – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Smart retains top spot in OpenSignal's second report on Philippine mobile networks

PH mobile internet up 5 spots in Speedtest September rankings

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Fixed broadband, however, goes down 3 spots

PH mobile internet speed ranks 100th in first Speedtest rankings

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The country is also 94th out of 133 for fixed broadband according to the monthly Speedtest Global Index

SPEEDTEST. The figures are from the first edition of the Speedtest Global Index, published in August 2017.

Resorts World attack, Trump, internet speed | Midday wRap

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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PH has slowest average internet speed in Asia Pacific – report

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:41 PM

The global average internet connection speed is 7 2 Mbps but the Philippines falls short with an average of 5 5 Mbps

Smart expanding LTE coverage to more municipalities

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The expansion is part of Smart s 3 year network rollout plan where it told the NTC that it will make LTE progressively available to users in 1 551 cities and municipalities by 2018

PROMISE TO NTC. Smart vows to provide more users LTE service by 2017. Rappler file photo

Here's how much your broadband rates have dropped

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While the past years have seen sharp declines in the price per Mbps rates of broadband packages they remain costly compared to other countries

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Dec 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

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#PugadBaboy: Need for internet speed

May 28, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Globe brings Fiber to Binondo SMEs, eyes $2B rollout

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Globe partners with the Manila City government to speed up the process of laying network infrastructure for its high speed projects

VP bets on Internet speed: Improve infra, more competition

Apr 10, 2016 - 9:02 PM

During the Comelec debate on Sunday April 10 some vice presidential candidates also propose an independent government telecom regulator

FACE-OFF. VP bets explain their stances on key issues for voters during the Comelec VP debate hosted by CNN Philippines and BusinessMirror. Photo from Comelec

Biz groups, think tanks weigh in: How can PH broadband improve?

Feb 24, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Proposed solutions to fix low quality broadband include amending laws and leveling the playing field

SIGNIFICANT TO COMMERCE. A better Internet connectivity plays a significant role in commerce, education, and tourism,the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Incorporated says. Photo from Arangkada Philippines Twitter account

Slow mobile buffering a horror show – Ericsson

Feb 18, 2016 - 12:37 AM

Ericsson s findings indicate that if the buffering delay lasted 6 seconds the stress response to delays was similar to that of watching a horror movie or solving a mathematical problem and greater than waiting in a check out line at the grocery store

NTC to set minimum advertised speed for mobile broadband

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The regulator also plans to start testing Internet speeds in mobile devices before elections in May

Facebook to make staff experience site on slow internet speed

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:21 AM

The company initiative 2G Tuesdays will allow Facebook s employees to see the impact of their work on slow internet connections

FACEBOOK. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Globe launches own 1-Gbps broadband offering for P9,499

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:32 PM

The Platinum Broadband Plans at minimum P2 499 53 71 for speeds of up to 50 Mbps are initially available on October 24 and in select areas only

UPGRADED. Globe says that with its new Platinum Broadband Plans, home broadband customers can enjoy a broadband plan with Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps at Plan P9,499 ($204.15).

Globe to upgrade bandwidth on broadband plans by October 24 - report

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The leaked document shows Globe lowering the price of 50Mbps and 100Mbps connections significantly for Platinum Home Broadband plans in select high end subdivisions and condominiums

Binay: We need 'Daang Mabilis,' not 'Daang Matuwid'

Oct 09, 2015 - 9:24 AM

We need a leader who will hit the ground running and get things done the Vice President says at the launch of Go Negosyo s Presidentiables Series

PLDT in talks with Globe for bilateral IP peering

Oct 03, 2015 - 11:30 AM

UPDATED Discussions with Globe are part of a broader effort of PLDT to improve Internet services in the country says PLDT Executive Vice President Ernesto Alberto

TIME FOR IP PEERING. About 95% of the web content accessed by Filipinos are sourced overseas, primarily North America and to a lesser extent Europe. Shutterstock image

Globe to PLDT: Open up IP peering to improve internet speed

Sep 28, 2015 - 12:06 AM

Globe says that an all inclusive IP peering arrangement among major internet service providers in the country is still needed to boost local Internet speeds

Sereno asks telcos to act swiftly on PH's slow Internet

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Meanwhile Senator Bam Aquino says: The facets of the Internet go beyond just communications If we want to grow this country we have to solve this Internet issue fast

 HORRIFYINGLY SLOW. "Our Internet bandwidth is horrifyingly narrow and outrageously slow…This is a negative shoutout to the two major telcos,” Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rules on mobile broadband's advertised speed out by November

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:22 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission is looking at a minimum advertised speed that is slower than fixed broadband s 256 kbps for mobile broadband services

FEEDBACK. NTC officials hear inputs from the private sector, industry groups, and civil society organizations regarding the circular on mobile broadband services. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

Enrile granted bail, Bangkok blast, Papua plane crash | 6PM wRap

Aug 18, 2015 - 6:39 PM

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New Internet speed minimum throwback to '90s?

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The Philippine government sets the minimum Internet speed at 256 kilobits per second But tech groups say this is hardly a broadband experience

POSITIVE. The development from NTC could benefit subscribers who are not experiencing the speed promised when they signed up for their broadband plans, which cost them wasted time and money.

LIVE: Senate hearing on the impact of PH internet speed

Aug 18, 2015 - 8:51 AM

How does the Philippine s average internet speed along with its exorbitant costs affect the country s progress?

Obama pushes for cheaper, faster US broadband

Jan 14, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Obama notes that slow broadband speeds have real world consequences and the lack of fast Internet connectivity makes us less economically competitive

OBAMA ON BROADBAND SPEEDS.

P544-M fiber optic network expansion completed in Q1 2015

Oct 01, 2014 - 5:22 PM

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company says the project will increase its domestic fiber optic network by 13 or 4 6 terabits per second

UN report: Only 37% of Filipinos have Internet access

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

The Philippines ranks 106th out of 191 countries evaluated in the report

4 cheap and easy ways to improve your WiFi connection

Jun 08, 2014 - 11:05 AM

If you’re an average home Internet user here are a few simple tips to speed up your Internet connectivity

Ookla NetIndex: PH mobile data speed 4th in ASEAN

May 28, 2014 - 4:26 PM

While the Philippines leads 5 countries in Southeast Asia it ranks 70th among 108 countries in terms of mobile data speed

MOBILE DOWNLOAD INDEX. Screenshot from http://www.netindex.com

HIGHLIGHTS: Senate committee hearing on slow PH Internet connection

May 28, 2014 - 12:16 PM

With the Philippines average Internet speed ranking 155th in 190 countries the senate committee on trade talks about gov t s role in its improvement

File photo by Senate PRIB

Rappler Newscast | May 2, 2014

May 02, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Joint police operations expose an online sex extortion syndicate in the Philippines The Ombudsman grants a corruption scandal whistleblower immunity from prosecution New internet data show dismal internet speeds in the Philippines

Average Philippine Internet speed 155th in world

May 02, 2014 - 2:44 PM

A recent ASEAN DNA infographic pegs the country s average Internet speed at 3 6 Mbps

Globe: Faster surfing online in metro this November

May 13, 2012 - 10:33 AM

Good news for those tired of buffering while searching the net on the go

Fastest internet in PH at ADB meeting

May 07, 2012 - 10:56 AM

Internet surfing speed at the ADB meeting was at least 76 times faster than the national average