Money

Globe Versus Smart: Who Provides Better Mobile Data Services?

The two companies are working double time as a new telco prepares to launch.
IMAGE Pxhere
Comments

It looks the country’s largest telecommunication companies are working double time before the third telco sweeps in and starts offering services to the public, as both Globe and Smart were found to be providing better than historically recorded mobile data services, according to a report.

In its report titled “State of Mobile Network Experience” published on March 5, mobile operator analyst OpenSignal revealed both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications now have 4G availability scores greater than 70 percent, meaning users can now access LTE signal seven out of 10 times, a sign of a mature LTE rollout.

Globe posted a 71.7 percent score, only slightly higher than Smart’s 70.8. These numbers are a huge boost from their scores just two years ago, which were at 55.2 percent and 40 percent respectively.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

In terms of download speed, however, Smart has long outperformed its competitor as the average overall connection speed with the network is at 9 Mbps, versus Globe’s 5.5 Mbps. Smart’s higher score was largely thanks to its 4G average speed which is at 13 Mbps, while Globe recorded 7.5 Mbps.

Smart’s faster connection speeds have also helped the telecom inch out Globe in terms of video experience. OpenSignal asked users to score how fast videos load with their mobile data providers, and Smart got a score of 44 out of 100, with 100 as the highest. Meanwhile, Globe only got a measly 28. Still, both mobile data providers have a of catching up to do as the Philippines was found to have the worst video experience in the world in 2018.

According to OpenSignal, more improvements can be expected from the two telecoms as they prepare for the rollout of the government’s chosen third telco, Mislatel.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

“The Mislatel consortium is set to launch the Philippines' third national mobile operator, putting competitive pressure on both Globe and Smart,” OpenSignal said in its report. “In the coming months we would expect to see both operators shore up their mobile broadband services in anticipation of Mislatel's launch.”

OpenSignal compiled the data from over 933 million measurements across 270,433 devices in the country. The data was gathered from November 1, 2019 to January 29, 2019.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Elyssa Christine Lopez
Elyssa Christine Lopez is a staff writer of Esquire. Follow her on Twitter @elyssalopz
View Other Articles From Elyssa
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
So, you’re a coffer lover huh? Bet you didn’t know these tidbits.
 
Share
These women fade into the background during PBA games, or at least try to. But ladies of such rare beauty really can't. Soon they inevitably become the cynosure of most eyes.
 
Share
If it's extra potent, it could make you five times more likely to develop psychosis.
 
Share
The Netflix show takes the puzzle-box cable TV formula and turns it into something welcome and new: a fun and funny mystery series.
 
Share
The world wide web was conceived as a space to share information for neither power or profit. Thirty years later it's more or less the exact opposite. Still: here's a few things its bestowed upon us we feel truly #blessed about
 
Share
Even the most seasoned traveler makes mistakes.
 
Share
And remember, you’d need a suit to wear to that funeral, anyway.
 
Share
Our watch of the week once went to the moon. Now, it's going for gold
 
Share
Beard and mustache styles of various lengths can change the way you look.
Load More Articles