The mobile experience in the Philippines has improved under Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. but still lags behind many of its regional peers, a new analysis from Opensignal said.
The analytics firm said it has now been nearly 15 months since Marcos was inaugurated as the 20th president of the Philippines and while Filipino users have seen impressive improvements across many aspects of the mobile experience between the 90 days before Marcos’ inauguration and the 90 days ending 29 August 2023 — this has had little impact on how the Philippines compares to other major markets in Southeast Asia.
Despite Filipino users observing an increase of 5.9Mbps (37.7%) in their average overall download speeds, the Philippines has gone from third place to fourth, as it has been overtaken by Malaysia — which has achieved an impressive burst of speed.
Malaysia’s Download Speed Experience score rose by 17.7Mbps (122.6%), putting it in second place and behind Singapore. Cambodian users saw the second largest percentage increase in their average download speeds (46.1%), followed by Singapore (41%) and Indonesia (40.6%).
Despite Opensignal’s Filipino users observing an increase of 5.9Mbps (37.7%) in their average overall download speeds, the Philippines has gone from third place to fourth for Download Speed Experience, as it has been overtaken by Malaysia.
Singapore remains firmly in the lead for Download Speed Experience with overall average download speeds that are more than twice as fast as Malaysia’s, which is now in second place with 32.2Mbps.
Although the Philippines observed the third-highest percentage increase in average overall upload speeds — 1.3Mbps (36.1%), it remains in last place for Upload Speed Experience.
The country is no longer last-placed in the region for Availability — the proportion of time that users spend with a 3G or better connection. Vietnam and Cambodia come last with statistically tied scores of 93.3-94.1%, while the Philippines is just ahead with 95.3%.