While I have already made a recommendation on which broadband internet service provider to subscribe to (with some caveats, of course) based on our experience and feedback of our readers in the past months, there's just so much to wish for in the current state of internet access in the Philippines.
|Our internet access speed; test taken 1 March 2011|
The above data of our internet access speed was taken from speedtest.net. In the same site, rankings of download and upload speeds by continent and by country are also available. The Philippines in the screenshot below with 1.5 mbps download speed is in the 141st place, which puts us within the bottom quartile (25%) of the 186 total countries in the list.
|Global ranking of download and upload speeds courtesy of speedtest.net (click table to enlarge).|
But internet cafes are often clustered in urban centers. So how about populations in more remote areas? As usual, their prospects for economic growth will have to wait.