PH mobile internet now more reliable: Ericsson

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2017 10:32 PM

MANILA - Mobile internet reliability in the Philippines has improved, according to Swedish telecom giant Ericsson. 

In the latest edition of the company's Mobility Report, Sean Gowran, head for Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands, noted that more mobile internet users in the country can now expect to get the minimum network speed.

“Our analysis of mobile broadband app coverage across the region shows that the Philippines has improved year-on-year, with the probability of a user achieving the minimum required network speed for web browsing improving by 19 percent,” Gowran shared. 

“Video streaming improved 40 percent year on year while High Definition Video streaming improved 53 percent,” Gowran continued.

Gowran added that LTE is seeing wider adoption in the Philippines and other countries in Asia. 

“Across the Asia Pacific region, LTE will represent 55 percent of all mobile subscriptions by the end of 2022," he said. 

Ericsson also predicts total mobile data traffic in South East Asia and Oceania will grow elevenfold by 2022.

Besides the more widespread adoption of LTE in Asia, Ericsson sees the region leading the global rollout of 5G technology. 

Fifth generation or 5G mobile technology promises download speeds of up to 20Gbps, upload speeds of up to 10Gbps, and a minimum of 100Mbps user experienced download rate. This contrasts with the 7Mbps to 10Mbps 4G LTE speeds experienced today by mobile subscribers in the Philippines.

South Korea is expected to have 5G in 2018, closely followed by Japan and China by 2020. Australia and Singapore are also expected to be among the early adopters of 5G.

Early deployments of 5G will translate into an estimated 28 million 5G subscriptions five years from now, according to the report.