THE Philippines now ranks 48th among 110 countries in the third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL), the Department of Information and Communications Technology announced.
The country has climbed 18 places since last year, surpassing Indonesia. The study was conducted by cybersecurity company Surfshark, and covered 90 percent of the global population.
Evaluated on five fundamental digital wellbeing pillars, the Philippines ranked impressively in internet quality (20th) and e-security (30th). The country has demonstrated the fastest mobile and broadband speed growth annually. Likewise, it has surpassed DQL Leaders New Zealand, Australia and South Korea in e-security, showing a 20 percent advantage over the global average.
The research also showed that the country has room for improvement in internet affordability (72nd), e-infrastructure (63rd) and e-government (67th). Overall, the Philippines exhibited one of the most notable improvements in the past year, ranking up from 66th place to 48th.
Moreover, the country’s internet affordability was found to have improved by 156 percent. (PR)