Independent Test Shows Which Telco Has the Country's Fastest Mobile Network


Smart Communications is officially the fastest mobile network in the country, based on an independent study by internet metrics service Ookla. The analytics platform showed the PLDT-owned network with a speed score of 44.70 during the first half of the year. Rival Globe, on the other hand, had a speed score of 24.89. 

Ookla also found that the median download speed via the Smart network settled at 16.68 Mbps while the median upload speed is at 5.64 Mbps. In comparison, Globe registered a median download speed of 11.61 Mbps and a median upload speed of 3.71 Mbps. 

Overall, the Philippines recorded a median download speed of 14.27 Mbps and a median upload speed of 5.07 Mbps.  

For 5G, Smart also dominated the survey, a speed score of 204.81 and registering median download and upload speeds of 220.66 Mbps and 20.61 Mbps. 

Third telco Dito Telecommunity Corp., which began the rollout of its mobile network earlier this year, was not yet included in Ookla’s study.

The results underscored Smart’s dominance of the country’s mobile network wars, having topped Ookla’s speed test scores for the fourth year in a row.

"These measurements are just among the tools we use as we strive to deliver world-class experience to our customers nationwide, and elevate overall internet speeds in the Philippines," Smart Head of Technology Mario G. Tamayo said. 

In Ookla’s global rankings for the month of June outlined in a separate report, the Philippines moved two ranks up to settle number 75 for mobile internet speeds. The country registered an average download speed of 32.84 Mbps and an average upload speed of 8.92 Mbps. 


For broadband, the Philippines rose three notches to number 62 with an average download and upload speeds of 66.55 Mbps and 66.86 Mbps, respectively. 

Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index covers 190 countries. 

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