The Philippines ranks 55th among 117 countries in digital wellbeing, seven places lower than last year’s 48th, according to the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) report released by cybersecurity firm Surfshark.
Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 14th out of 34 countries in Asia.
The study was evaluated based on five fundamental digital life pillars: internet affordability, e-infrastructure, internet quality, e-security, and e-government.
Regarding internet affordability, the Philippines ranked 98th, while it ranked 45th on internet quality. The country also ranked 62nd and 65th in e-government and e-infrastructure, respectively.
“Residents can buy 1 GB (gigabyte) of mobile internet in the Philippines for as cheap as four minutes 51 seconds of work per month,” Surfshark said.
“However, compared to Israel, which has the most affordable mobile internet on the planet, Filipinos work 59 times more,” it added.
Surfshank said that Filipinos have to work for 11 hours and five minutes per month to be able to afford internet in the Philippines, 34 times more compared to what it normally costs in Israel. Although mobile internet affordability in the Philippines improved from last year, the work needed to afford it dropped by 27 minutes and three seconds.
The research also said that broadband internet is becoming less affordable in the Philippines, with Filipinos having to work for an additional six hours and four minutes to be able to afford fixed broadband internet service.
“While countries with a strong digital quality of life tend to be those of advanced economies, our global study found that money doesn’t always buy digital happiness,” Surfshark’s head of PR, Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, said.
“That is why, for the fourth year in a row, we continue analyzing the Digital Quality of Life to see how different nations keep up with providing the basic digital necessities for their citizens. Most importantly, our research seeks to show the full picture of the global digital divide that millions of people are suffering from,” she added.
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