Speedtest data: PH internet speeds returning to pre-pandemic levels

Elroy Mariano

MANILA, Philippines — Slow internet speeds in the country which drew the ire of the common folk up to the President have seen gradual improvement since the lockdowns started, and are actually returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

According to data shared by Speedtest by Ookla on its website, internet speeds plummeted as the health crisis forced the government to implement a stay-at-home policy.

As an example, average download speeds for fixed broadband was at 30.77 megabits per second (Mbps) and for mobile data, at 16.68 Mbps last February 24.  But after the enhanced community quarantine was placed over Luzon and other areas, it dipped to 20.40 Mbps for fixed broadband and 13.95 for mobile data.

Download speeds for this year were at its lowest from March 30 to April 6, when fixed broadband speeds were just at 20.52 Mbps to 20.47 Mbps; and mobile data at 11.93 Mbps to 11.95

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SpaceX’s Starlink internet speeds much slower than promised in first tests | The Independent

Elroy Mariano

Users of Elon Musk’s Starlink internet connection have found that its speeds are not as fast as SpaceX previously hyped.

The technology uses a cluster of satellites, in orbit around the Earth, to deliver internet connections to users.

According to tests conducted by Ookla, and collated by Reddit users, download speeds have ranged from 11 Mbps to 60 Mbps, while upload speeds have ranged from from 5Mbps to 18Mbps. Latency tests show a range between from 31ms to 94ms.

SpaceX has previously claimed that download speeds will reach 1Gbps, with a latency ranging between 25 to 35 milliseconds – much faster than that which has been shown from the tests.

The company is yet to put its full fleet of satellites into orbit, and speeds are likely to increase as they do so. There are currently 540 Starlink satellites in orbit, with the company aiming to eventually form a 12,000-strong

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The pandemic is putting a strain on Internet speeds. Here’s what you can do for the best connection

Elroy Mariano

CHICAGO: Nothing kills work-from-home motivation like slow Internet. It’s an issue some are facing for the first time as the Covid-19 pandemic sent them out of the office and into remote workspaces at home.

With many school districts opting for some degree of e-learning, a torrent of video calls and downloads from multiple family members could test the mettle of even the hardiest Internet connections. And for families with limited income, it can seem like high-speed Internet is out of reach financially.

For those looking for ways to improve their connection or get their homes hooked up for the first time, here’s some advice.

Make sure your router is in the right place

Jack Segal, regional vice president of communications at Comcast, said your router’s effectiveness relies on where it is in the home. Keeping the router in an open, central location can offer the best coverage so you don’t

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New internet performance data shows urban speeds improving while rural speeds plateau

Elroy Mariano

Figure 1: Canada’s urban-rural digital divide

Data is based on 187,776 urban and rural tests run between May 2019 and July 2020.

Data is based on 187,776 urban and rural tests run between May 2019 and July 2020.

Figure 2: Canada’s rural national median internet speeds, by month

Data is based on 56,982 rural tests run between May 2019 and July 2020.

Data is based on 56,982 rural tests run between May 2019 and July 2020.

Figure 3: Canada’s urban national median internet speeds, by month.

Data is based on 130,794 urban tests run between May 2019 and July 2020.

Data is based on 130,794
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Slow internet speeds? Here’s how to get the best connection

Elroy Mariano

Nothing kills work-from-home motivation like slow internet. It’s an issue some are facing for the first time as the COVID-19 pandemic sent them out of the office and into remote workspaces at home.

Add in online-learning, a torrent of video calls and downloads from multiple family members and it’s easy to test the mettle of even the hardiest internet connections. And for families with limited income, it can seem like high-speed internet is out of reach financially.

For those looking for ways to improve their connection or get their homes hooked up for the first time, here’s some advice.

Make sure your router is in the right place.

Jack Segal, regional vice president of communications at Comcast, said your router’s effectiveness relies on where it is in the home. Keeping the router in an open, central location can offer the best coverage so you don’t lose connection throughout the house.

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