September 27, 2023

The Internet Society, a global nonprofit organization focused on keeping the Internet open, connected, and secure, has introduced the Pulse Internet Resilience Index (IRI). This new tool provides insights into how well 170 countries around the world can handle challenges to their Internet connectivity.

Having a strong Internet connection, one that can still work well even when there are issues, is becoming more important for governments and advocates worldwide, as the Internet is crucial for a country’s economy and society.

The IRI is available on the Internet Society’s Pulse Platform. It looks at different measures like how well the Internet infrastructure works, how well it performs, how secure it is, and how ready the market is for Internet services. This information can help shape policies and improvements to Internet strength at local, regional, and global levels.

The Philippines Ranks 7th in Internet Resilience Index Scores

The Philippines has an IRI score of 46 percent. This ranks them seventh among Southeast Asian countries. They’re behind Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, but ahead of Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.

The Philippines has particularly good infrastructure, with strong coverage of fixed-line Internet, something not very common on islands. The security score is also good, with many websites using HTTPS to keep information safe.

Breaking down the Internet Resilience Index into different parts for the Philippines:

  • Infrastructure: 48%
    • This checks how well the physical parts of the Internet are set up in the Philippines. Both mobile and fixed Internet are doing well.
  • Performance: 48%
    • This looks at how well people can use the Internet in the Philippines. Fixed Internet is much better (76%) than mobile Internet (29%).
  • Security: 54%
    • This measures how well the Philippines’ Internet can resist problems. Many websites use HTTPS (82%), and the country is good at keeping data secure (80%).
  • Market Readiness: 35%
    • This sees if the market in the Philippines can support Internet services well. Prices are reasonable (64%) and there is a good variety of options (42%).

This information can help leaders in the Philippines understand where their Internet is strong and where it needs help. It can guide decisions about investments to make the country’s Internet better overall.

For everyone, having a strong Internet is important. But in many places, the Internet isn’t very reliable. Countries with less money often have Internet that’s not very good, with problems in how it’s set up and connected. This is especially true in places where Internet outages are common. Making things worse, neighboring countries might not have a better Internet to share. Big companies also might not want to spend money to improve Internet in unreliable places. This makes Internet access expensive for people.

The IRI is built using the best ways that experts have suggested, like the EU-JRC and the OECD Handbook. It follows the same methods as other similar tools like the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index, the Facebook/EIU Inclusive Internet Index, and the Web Foundation Web Index.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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