We’re pleased to add a new Asian country to our list of mobile reports. Today we published our first State of Mobile Networks report for the Philippines, which is rather unique among countries for having only two major operators competing for mobile subscribers. There may be just two operators, but that doesn’t mean there’s no competition over service quality. In fact, we found Globe and Smart nearly split our performance awards down the middle.
In our 4G tests, Smart came out on top in our LTE speed rankings, while Globe was the winner of our LTE availability award. However, LTE’s overall impact in the Philippines is still limited as our users were only able to latch onto a 4G signal half of the time. Needless to say, 3G is still a technology of vital importance, and in our 3G speed tests we found the two operators in a dead heat, both averaging downloads just over 2 Mbps. Smart and Globe were also tied in our overall speed rankings — which factor in the combined 3G and 4G experience – with average connections of around 3.3 Mbps.