Well, what do you know! The Philippines, our beloved country, offers the slowest Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific with 4.5 megabits per second (mpbs), according to a recent study.
The report by Internet monitoring firm Akamai Technologies, Inc. shows that the average page load time for a broadband connection here is nearly 4 seconds, and 6.7 for mobile. Average page load time pertains to the time it takes a page to open from the time a person clicks a link.
The country’s poor connection sees it ranked first in the region, followed by India (5.6 mbps), China (6.3 mbps), Indonesia (6.7 mbps), Sri Lanka (7.3 mbps), Malaysia (8.2 mbps), then Vietnam (8.3 mbps).
South Korea once again took lead in both the region and the world at 26.1 mbps, almost six times quicker than ours. Norway and Sweden were distant runners-up with average speeds of 23.6 mbps and 22.8 mbps, respectively.
Despite the Internet being at a snail’s pace Akamai notes in the study that “there is reason for optimism.”
“In November, the government announced plans to cut red tape for cell tower building, deploy free nationwide broadband and Wi-Fi, and spearhead a January 2017 summit aimed at finding ways to improve connectivity and speeds in the country,” the paper reads.