Internet penetration in the Philippines

As of January 2016, 46% (around 47.1 million users)

Active social media penetration rate

As of January 2016: 47% (around 48 million active social media users, 20% higher than in 2015)

Of these, 41 million are active on mobile (28% higher than the previous year).

Frequency of Internet use

Half (46%) of Internet users go online every day

One-third (30%) go online at least once a week (but less than daily)

One-sixth (16%) go online at least once (but less than four times) every month

One-tenth (8%) go online less than once a month

PHILIPPINE RANKING

The Philippines is ranked (World Economic Forum):

58
of 138 countries in Higher education and training
81
of 138 countries in Health and primary education
83
of 138 countries in Technological readiness

On the other end of the spectrum, here are the top 10 countries in the world with high Internet connection speed:

1) South Korea

26.1 Mbps (29th in Health and primary education; 25th in Higher education and training; 28th in Technological readiness)

In the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement’s (IEA) Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS):

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 2nd (1995), 2nd (2011), 3rd (2015)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 2nd (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015); 1st (2011)

Science (Fourth grade): 1st (1995, 2011); 2nd (2015)

Science (Eighth grade): 4th (1995, 2007, 2015); 5th (1999); 3rd (2003, 2011)

2) Norway

23.6 Mbps (11th in Health and primary education; 7th in Higher education and training; 7th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 8th (2015)

3) Sweden

22.8 Mbps (24th in Health and primary education; 15th in Higher education and training; 4th in Technological readiness)

4) Hong Kong

21.9 Mbps (26th in Health and primary education; 14th in Higher education and training; 5th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 4th (1995); 2nd (2003, 2015); 1st (2007); 3rd (2011)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 4th (1995, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2015); 3rd (2003)

Science (Fourth grade): 4th (2003); 3rd (2007); 9th (2011); 5th (2015)

Science (Eighth grade): 4th (2003); 9th (2007); 8th (2011); 6th (2015)

5) Switzerland

21.2 Mbps (8th in Health and primary education; 4th in Higher education and training; 1st in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): TIMSS 1995 (8th)

6) Denmark

20.7 Mbps (21st in Health and primary education; 6th in Higher education and training; 11th in Technological readiness)

7) Finland

20.6 Mbps (1st in Health and primary education; 2nd in Higher education and training; 16th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 8th (2011)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 8th (2011)

Science (Fourth grade): 3rd (2011); 7th (2015)

Science (Eighth grade): 10th (1999); 5th (2011)

8) Singapore

20.2 Mbps (2nd in Health and primary education; 1st in Higher education and training; 9th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 1st (1995, 2003, 2011, 2015); 2nd (2007)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 1st (1995, 2003, 2015); 3rd (2007); 2nd (2011)

Science (Fourth grade): 10th (1995); 1st (2003, 2007, 2015); 2nd (2011)

Science (Eighth grade): 1st (1995, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015); 2nd (1999)

9) Japan

19.6 Mbps (5th in Health and primary education; 23rd in Higher education and training; 19th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 3rd (1995, 2003); 4th (2007); 5th (2011, 2015)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 3rd (1995); 5th (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

Science (Fourth grade): 2nd (1995); 3rd (2003, 2015); 4th (2007, 2011)

Science (Eighth grade): 3rd (1995, 2007); 4th (1999, 2011); 6th (2003); 2nd (2015)

10) Netherlands

17.6 Mbps (4th in Health and primary education; 3rd in Higher education and training; 6th in Technological readiness)

Mathematics (Fourth grade): 5th (1995); 6th (2003); 9th (2007)

Mathematics (Eighth grade): 9th (1995); 7th (1999, 2003)

Science (Fourth grade): 6th (1995); 10th (2003)

Science (Eighth grade): 6th (1995, 1999); 8th (2003)

Philippine Internet Speed

The Philippines has the slowest Internet speed in the world (4.5 Mbps) in the fourth quarter of 2016. The average global connection speed is 7.2 Mbps.

The Philippines is also lagging behind most countries in the world in mathematics and science education:

Third from the bottom of the list in the IEA’s TIMSS in 1999 (eight-grade mathematics), ahead of only Morocco and South Africa. Students from other developing countries like Jordan, Turkey, Macedonia, Tunisia, Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria scored higher. Even our neighboring developing countries – Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia – fared better than us.

Again third from the bottom in 2003 (fourth-grade mathematics), better than only Morocco and Tunisia.

Fifth from the bottom in 2003 (eighth-grade mathematics), ahead only of Botswana, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and South Africa. Our students scored an average of 378, much lower than the international average of 466.

These data show a positive correlation between a country’s information and communications technology (ICT) access and its quality of education. Countries with demonstrated high quality of learning in subjects such as math and science have higher ranks in technological readiness and faster Internet speeds.

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