PLDT, Smart both claim fastest mobile internet networks

PLDT Inc. and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. remain the country’s fastest fixed and mobile internet networks in the second half of 2019, according to Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. 

Ookla said Smart posted a Speed Score of 18.13, with average download speeds of 20.42 Mbps and average upload speeds of 9.87 Mbps, based on 1,822,401 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest on LTE-capable devices in the Philippines for the period third quarter and fourth quarter of 2019. 

Meanwhile, PLDT achieved a Speed Score of 25.03, with top download speeds of 62.87 Mbps and top upload speeds of 80.07 Mbps. The fixed network award is based on 29,505,821 customer-initiated Speedtest nationwide for third quarter and fourth quarter of 2019.

These latest figures are further improvements from PLDT and Smart’s results from the first half of 2019, when Smart posted a Speed Score of 17.07 and PLDT achieved a Speed Score of 20.44.

Speed Score is a measure that takes into account both upload and download speeds.

“With millions of tests taken using Speedtest every day, Ookla has developed a robust and comprehensive view of worldwide internet performance. It is our pleasure to recognize Smart as the Fastest Mobile Network and PLDT as the fastest Fixed Network in the Philippines based on our rigorous analysis. This award is a testament to Smart and PLDT’s exceptional performance, as experienced by their own customers, in the third quarter  and fourth quarter,” said Ookla executive vice president Jamie Steven.

Initial data included in Ookla’s country reports showed Smart still posting big leads in key cities like Quezon City, Makati and Manila, for example, while PLDT is still way ahead in Quezon City, Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro. 

Topics: PLDT Inc. , Smart Communications Inc. , fixed internet networks , mobile internet networks , LTE , Ookla , Speedtest
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