OpenSignal had released their newest report, dubbed as “Our State of Mobile Networks for the Philippines” which contains interesting data in terms of performance for both the country’s telco players, Smart and Globe.
We can see from the Network Comparison above provided that Smart, when it comes to LTE Speeds, is ahead of Globe, with an average download speed of 9.9 Mbps compared to Globe’s 7.4 Mbps.
However, in terms of LTE Availability, OpenSignal said that they were able to find a Globe LTE signal 55.3% of the time. Smart LTE signal was set back behind, as they were only able to find it for 40% of the time.
Smart and Globe tied in terms of download speeds in the 3G sector, having above 2.24 Mbps in average. Both telcos also tied in overall download speeds (3.41 Mbps for Smart and 3.33 Mbps for Globe) and on network latency (55.64ms for Globe and 53.32ms for Smart).
However, the problem remains. OpenSignal stated that while LTE debuted in the PH back in 2012, the country’s 4G networks are still behind much of the world in terms of performance. The global average for LTE speeds is 17.4Mbps – and despite Smart is leading on the terms of speeds, it still falls below the average.
But now, that we have the government pressuring the telcos to improve their services, and given that it also wants to expedite some telco-related infrastructures such as the faster processing of cell sites application and others that will require permits, we can see that sometime near in the future, we can step up in terms of speeds and availability at the same time. Hope that both networks can also sustain it for a long time.