By Christopher Ed Caboverde

Davao City – There’s hope for netizens in the Philippines which is taunted as having the slowest internet speeds in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Internet speeds in the Philippines would speed up once the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Submarine Terrestrial Cable Project (BEST Cable Project) is completed in 2018.

This was what Romeo Montenegro, the investment promotion and public affairs director of the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda), said Monday during the Kapihan sa Davao at SM City Davao.

Montenegro mentioned that the Philippines has one of the slowest internet speeds in Asia, adding that while neighboring countries have internet speeds of around 20 to 30 megabits per seconds (Mbps), the Philippines enjoys only around 3.5 Mbps.

In order to help remedy this, the project will involve laying down underground fiber-optic cables and connecting it with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Guam, covering a distance of 5,092 kilometers.


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