Smart still tops LTE speed test but Globe still has best coverage
Smart Communications Inc. continued to deliver the fastest download speed across the country, according to the latest OpenSignal report.
The report, which covers the months of November to January showed that Smart LTE download speeds led across all measured areas.
In National Capital Region, Smart’s LTE download speed was at 13.04 Mbps, faster than of Globe’s 8.57 Mbps; North Central Luzon, (Smart 11.59 Mbps vs Globe’s 6.34 Mbps) South Luzon (Smart 11.66 Mbps vs Globe 7.03 Mbps), Visayas (Smart 13.49 Mbps vs Globe 7.37 Mbps), and Mindanao (1Smart 4.42 Mbps vs Globe 7.38 Mbps).
The study also found that Smart’s 4G/LTE availability also jumped to 59.68 percent from 39.96 percent a year ago.
Smart is also ahead in terms of latency, a metric that measures a network’s responsiveness, at 47.21ms, quicker than the competition’s 60.7ms.
Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the time it takes data to make a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network, OpenSignal said.
“The OpenSignal results are proof that our investments in improving our network are bearing fruit,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart SVP for network planning and engineering.
“With our ongoing roll-out of LTE and LTE-Advanced to more areas, we are on track to meet our commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to achieve 90 percent municipality coverage for 3G and 4G mobile broadband by the end of this year,” he added.