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The internet speed in the country continues to improve despite the surge in demand and usage due to the mobility limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ookla, a global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, reported in November that the country’s average fixed broadband download speed stood at 28.69Mbps, a 262.71% increase from its download speed of 7.91Mbps back in July 2016.

Meanwhile, the overall mobile network performance yielded an average download speed of 18.49Mbps, or an increase of 148.52% from its July 2016 speed of 7.44Mbps.

Telcos have worked double time to improve their services after President Rodrigo Duterte gave them an ultimatum until the end of 2020 to address the problem of slow internet connection and spotty mobile signal.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is helping telcos build cell sites faster by working with local government units (LGUs) to fast track the issuance of permits.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said more than 2,200 applications for permits of telco firms to build cell towers have been approved recently.

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