This is good news for everybody who always access the internet thru a mobile broadband service, using a smartphone, tablet, USB donglers or other device can connect via SIM card. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) now requires all mobile broad services to have a minimum speed of 256 kilobits per second (Kbps).

The NTC intends to monitor telcos and ISPs before elections in May and penalize any company that fails to comply or deliver on their advertised Internet speeds.

This 256 Kbps is equivalent to 0.26 mbps, which is still too slow compared to the national average—2.5 mbps in 2015 according to Ookla and 3.6 mbps in 2014 according to ASEAN DNA. But on the plus side, it’s still faster than dial-up and GPRS speeds that many internet service providers (ISPs) often impose on users who surpass their monthly or daily data limits.