Philippines' Fixed Broadband Internet Speeds Now 50% Faster, Thanks to Fiber

Great news for all internet users in the Philippines, which is around 52.3% of our 103 Million population!

In its latest Speedtest Global Index report, Ookla - a global Internet testing and analysis firm, noted that our country’s average download speeds have increased 50 percent from 10.16 Mbps to 15.67 Mbps while average upload speeds likewise became faster coming from 7.28 Mbps to 13.53 Mbps!

This increase in broadband speeds can be attributed largely to telecom operators' efforts to step up deployment of fiber-powered facilities with PLDT leading the industry.

According to Mr. Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. - PLDT's SVP and Head of Consumer Business Market Development, "These results reflect the growing impact of our ongoing efforts to provide fiber-powered broadband services to more customers in more areas of the country."

To be specific, by the end of 2017, the coverage of PLDT’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network had reached four million homes. With the ongoing network modernization and upgrades, PLDT expects to reach more homes and businesses nationwide as it expands fixed broadband coverage by about 30% to 5.1 million homes passed.

In terms of capacity, PLDT is poised to double its fiber and hybrid fiber broadband capacity from 1.1 million ports in 2017 with over 2.2 million ports within the next two years.

Apart from deploying more FTTH facilities, the MVP-company is also upgrading its copper-based broadband service to the much faster hybrid fiber connections. In fact, is estimated that by 2019, virtually all of PLDT’s 1.3 million copper-based DSL subscribers will enjoy Fiber-fast internet.

“Ookla’s latest report reinforces our gains and successes in bringing high-speed internet to more Filipinos nationwide. In the past year, we’ve strengthened our leadership in the fixed broadband business and we look forward to building on this momentum as we continue to invest in network infrastructure that will benefit more Filipino homes," wraps up Mr. Reyes.

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