STS PHILIPPINES, MANILA – Mobile analytics company OpenSignal released its report from its February to April 2018 testing period, showing their findings with regards to the average and overall download speeds of the Philippines’ 2 major network carriers — Globe and Smart.
Taking into account their data from May 2017 up to April 2018, OpenSignal reported that mobile download speeds have improved for both Globe and Smart, with 63-percent overall speed increase for Globe and almost double the times from its competition for Smart.
Previously, OpenSignal’s March 2018 report indicated that Smart has an overall download speeds of 5.78MBps, which is notably a little bit improvement from last year’s 3.41MBps. On the other hand, Globe had the same download speed with Smart on March 2017, yet only got an overall speed of 4.41MBps on OpenSignal’s March 2018 report.
OpenSignal attributes the growth of overall speeds of both companies on its continuous expansion of their LTE coverage and services. Smart’s LTE coverage increased to 60% from previously 40%, while Globe’s coverage was now 67% compared to previous year’s 55%. With that said, Smart had a 20% network coverage improvement, while Globe had only 12%.
The chart above depicts the overall speeds of Smart and Globe, which were close until September of the previous year. From October, Smart has aggressively increased their 4G/LTE availability and speed. The move resulted to Smart’s speed increasing in almost two-fold compared to Globe.
Both telco’s are boosting their efforts in order to prepare themselves for the arrival of a supposed third network provider.
Read OpenSignal’s full report here.