Smart’s LTE speed up 38.5% in Q4
Smart Communications Inc. said its long-term evolution (LTE) download speed increased 38.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, largely due to efforts to imorove data service and add capacity.
Based on the survey done by OpenSignal, Smart’s LTE download speed was 12.7 Mbps in October to December last year, well ahead of Globe Telecom’s 7.5 Mbps.
Smart now ranks 28th in terms of average download speed while its rival Globe ranked 40th out of 43 operators from Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
Smart LTE speed topped in all the regions of the country: 13.3 Mbps in the National Capital Region, 12 Mbps in the Visayas, 12.8 Mbps in South Luzon, 14.7 Mbps in Mindanao and 11.4 Mbps in North Central Luzon, compared to Globe’s 8.5 Mbps, 6.6 Mbps, 6.4 Mbps, 7.9 Mbps and 7 Mbps, respectively.
The OpenSignal results also showed that Smart led in terms of network responsiveness, with its LTE service posting lower latency nationwide.
Network latency measures how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another.
“These results are proof that our multi-year investments in network improvements are paying off. By continuously expanding our LTE networks, we are bringing a faster and more responsive network to our customers across the country,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart SVP for network planning and engineering.