By Macon Araneta

The Philippines’ average Internet connection speed remains very sluggish and is way behind those of its peers as it  ranks 110th in Internet speed among 139 countries  in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. 

Citing figures from The Speedtest Global Index, Campos said the Philippines – with an average mobile Internet speed of only 18.49 megabits per second (Mbps) – ranks number 110 among 139 countries or territories as of November.

The United Arab Emirates ranks number one with 170.30 Mbps, while Afghanistan is number 139 with 6.31 Mbps.

In fixed broadband, Campos said the Philippines ranks number 103 with an average speed of only 28.69 Mbps.

Singapore ranks number one with 241.10 Mbps, while Turkmenistan is at the tail end with 3.47 Mbps.

The Speedtest Global Index analyzes web access performance metrics around the world based on millions of tests taken by real people using the Internet.

“We clearly still have one of the slowest Internet speeds in the world and in Asia,” Campos said.

“Among the 10 member countries of the ASEAN, for instance, our average mobile Internet speed is ranked the second-slowest,” Campos pointed out.

“In fact, our 18.49 Mbps represents just 60 percent of the 30.94 Mbps average mobile Internet speed across all ASEAN members,” Campos said.

“We are more concerned about mobile Internet speed because an overwhelming majority of Filipinos now access the web through their smartphones via their cellular telephone service provider,” Campos said.

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened in July to expropriate the assets of private telecommunications firms if they failed to improve their Internet services by yearend.