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Smart three-peats as country's fastest mobile network - Ookla


Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has clinched a three-peat as the Philippines' fastest mobile network according to Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.  


For this feat, Smart surpassed Globe in terms of Speed Score and average upload and download speeds for three years in a row since 2018, based on millions of consumer-initiated tests performed on Speedtest on LTE-capable devices in the Philippines. 


“This award recognizes Smart’s commitment to delivering fast speeds to their customers across the Philippines. With this latest win, Smart has won the Speedtest Award for Fastest Mobile Network in the Philippines three consecutive years in a row,” said Ookla CEO Douglas Suttles in a statement. 


Consistently the country’s fastest mobile data network 


Smart was first awarded as the Philippines’ Speedtest Awards Winner for mobile network speed in 2018, when it posted a Speed Score of 15.06 compared to Globe's Speed Score of 9.9. 


In the said year, Smart also achieved average download speeds of 17.24 Mbps (versus Globe's 11.10 Mbps), and average upload speeds of 8.11 Mbps (versus Globe's 5.01 Mbps). 


In 2019, Smart won the Philippines’ Speedtest Awards for mobile network speed with a Speed Score of 17.4 versus Globe’s 10.65. 


In the said period, Smart also achieved average download speeds of 19.62 Mbps (versus Globe’s 12.04 Mbps), and average upload speeds of 9.45 Mbps (versus Globe’s 4.92 Mbps).  


In 2020, Ookla awarded Smart as the Speedtest Awards Winner in both the first and second half of the year. 


Smart dominated  in Q1-Q2 2020 with a Speed Score of 18.33 (versus Globe’s 12.35). Smart also achieved average download speeds of 15.94 Mbps (versus  Globe's 11.96 Mbps), and average upload speeds of 7.57 Mbps (versus Globe's 4.03 Mbps). 


Just recently, Ookla awarded Smart as the Speedtest Awards Winner in Q3-Q4 2020 with a Speed Score of 24.99 (versus Globe’s 15.30). Smart posted average download speeds of 20.08 Mbps (versus Globe’s 15.25 Mbps), and average upload speeds of 7.42 Mbps (versus Globe’s 4.11 Mbps).  


Network expansion across the nation 


Smart’s consistent network superiority is a result of its parent company PLDT’s continuous investments in the expansion of fixed and wireless networks across the country to elevate the country's telecommunications industry and deliver world-class services to Filipinos.  


PLDT recently announced that it was prepared to invest between Php 88 billion and Php 92 billion in capital expenditures this year. This supports Smart continuous expansion of its 4G/LTE network across the country, as well as its accelerated rollout of Smart 5G, which delivers superfast fiber-like mobile speeds for customers.  


The leader in 5G technology 


Smart is at the forefront of the 5G revolution in the Philippines as the first local telco to launch 5G services nationwide last July 2020 in Metro Manila, and strategic areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.  


To date, Smart has fired up more than 2,300 Smart 5G sites across the Philippines – the most extensive 5G coverage in the country. 


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