MANILA, Philippines- The Philippines has the slowest internet speed in the whole Southeast Asian region according to an infographic released by ASEAN DNA. It also ranked 158th out of 190 countries in the world despite being the social media capital.
With a speed of 3.6 megabytes per second (Mbps), the Philippines is about four times slower than the average internet speed of ASEAN countries which is 12.4 Mbps.
The report showed that the country is behind Laos with a speed of 4.0 Mbps, Indonesia with 4.1 Mbps, Myanmar and Brunei- 4.9 Mbps, Malaysia- 5.5 Mbps and Cambodia- 5.7 Mbps.
On the other hand, Singapore, whose internet speed can go as much as 61.0 Mbps, has the fastest internet speed in the ASEAN region. It is more than 1500 percent faster than the internet speed in the Philippines.
Vietnam (13.1 Mbps) and Thailand (17.7) are the other ASEAN countries which exceeded the ASEAN average.
Japan (41.7 Mbps), USA (22.3 Mbps), and China (18.3 Mbps) are among the top countries with fastest internet speed.
Internet Access: A Human Right
Because of its “unique and transformative” feature, the United Nations has identified internet access as a human right in 2011. Removing an individual’s access to internet may be a violation of international law and human rights.
“The Special Rapporteur emphasizes that there should be as little restriction as possible to the flow of information via the Internet, except in few, exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law,” Frank La Rue,United Nations Special Rapporteur on Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression said during the UN Human Rights Council’s 17th session.
He also stressed that ‘”the full guarantee of the right to freedom of expression must be the norm, and any limitation considered as an exception, and that this principle should never be reversed,”
Moreover, the UN report urges countries to incorporate internet literacy skills in school curricula.