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PH ranks 7th in internet resilience in Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internet Resilience ranks seventh in South East Asia, ahead of Myanmar and Cambodia, but behind Singapore and Malaysia, according to the latest Pulse Internet Resilience Index (IRI), a tool that offers insight into the internet resilience of 170 countries worldwide.

The Philippines scored 46% in the IRI, while its neighboring countries’ scored as follows:Myanmar (45%), Cambodia (43%), and Laos PDR (42%). Singapore scored the highest with 72%, followed by Vietnam (52%; Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Thailand, all with 51%; and Indonesia, 48%.

Internet Society, a non-profit internet watchdog, tracks resilience across key metrics including infrastructure, performance, security, and market readiness through its Pulse Platform.

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“Internet resilience means maintaining an acceptable level of service and connection despite faults and challenges to normal operation. This focus has been increasing among policymakers and activists worldwide as internet infrastructure becomes essential for a nation’s economy and society,” the Internet Society said in a statement.

Internet infrastructure

Regarding infrastructure, the Philippines “ranked particularly high” with a score of 48%, owing to good fixed-line coverage not often seen in island nations. 

The country’s security score of 54% reveals a high HTTPS adoption rate, which is above average for the region. This indicates that the country’s networks have implemented security measures to resist disruptions, whether intentional or unintentional. The adoption of HTTPS is notably high at 82%, along with the country’s MANRS score (80%), signifying an above-average commitment to encryption and routing security.

In terms of performance, Philippine networks scored 48%, yet mobile performance (29%) lags significantly behind fixed network performance (76%).

Competitive market

For market readiness, the country achieved a score of 35%. This score measures the ability of the market in the Philippines to self-regulate and provide affordable prices to end-users while maintaining a diverse and competitive market. The IRI indicates that both affordability (64%) and market diversity (42%) are healthy, indicative of robust competition within the country.

The IRI follows best practices according to the EU-JRC and the OECD Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators. It employs the same methodology as existing indices such as the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index, the Facebook/EIU Inclusive Internet Index, and the Web Foundation Web Index. For a complete overview of the methodology used, please refer to the available resource.

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