LTE in the Philippines improves but continues to lag behind Southeast Asia

The Philippines mobile market holds a unique position in the world… a position that comes with unique challenges. With only two operators offering mobile broadband services for a nation that spans over 7,000 islands — a difficult task to overcome when deploying LTE infrastructure — the Philippines has plenty of catching up to do if it wants to reach parity with its Southeast Asian peers.


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In our latest report on the State of Mobile Networks in the Philippines we analyzed over 770 million measurements collected from over 51,000 devices to find out which operator won the OpenSignal awards in our key metrics.

Finding a 4G signal still remains a challenge for mobile users in the Philippines, though we saw sizeable improvement on Smart’s networks since our last report, released 6 months ago. Though Smart improved its LTE reach (reaching an availability score of 59.7%), it wasn’t enough to beat the winner of our award, Globe which had an LTE availability score of 67.5%.

Smart, however, was again the winner of our 4G and overall speed awards, (with download measurements of 12.5 and 5.8 Mbps respectively) while the operator also tied for first place with Globe in our 3G speed metric. Though the nation’s average LTE speeds were still well below the global average of 16.9 Mbps, Smart was able to provide 4G speeds to its users almost 5 Mbps higher than Globe.

The Philippines mobile market is among the few in the world where users only have a choice of two network operators if they wish to use mobile broadband. But with news of a third operator potentially entering soon, we may be seeing a very different market in the coming years.

For a full analysis including a regional performance breakdown read the report in full at: State of Mobile Networks Philippines.

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