PLDT, Smart outpace the competition in the first half of 2020 - Ookla - TeknoGadyet

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

PLDT, Smart outpace the competition in the first half of 2020 - Ookla


Ookla – an Internet testing and analysis firm – has named PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) as the fastest fixed and mobile networks in the Philippines for the first half of 2020.

PLDT, Smart outpace the competition in the first half of 2020 - Ookla
PLDT, Smart outpace the competition in the first half of 2020 - Ookla

According to the Ookla, PLDT and Smart have once again outpaced the competition and emerged as the fastest fixed and mobile internet networks in the country for Q1 and Q2 of this year. For those uninitiated, they also got the same recognition last year for the 2nd half of 2019.

"Over half a billion users rely on Speedtest to measure their internet performance every year. Ookla analyzes these test results to get an unparalleled view into mobile and fixed broadband metrics around the world. 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. These awards are a testament to PLDT and Smart's exceptional performance, as experienced by their own customers, in Q1 and Q2," said Doug Suttles, CEO at Ookla.

According to the report, PLDT got a Speed Score of 24.79, which is 3 points higher than the second placer Converge ICT who got a score of 21.53. Moreover, it is more than 9 points higher than SKY's 15.56 and more than 15 points higher than the Globe's 9.17.

For the Top Download Speed, PLDT posted 70.54Mbps, which is more than half of the 34.23Mbps of Globe, and almost twice as much of Converge ICT's 37.89Mbps and SKY's 40.14Mbps. For the Top Upload Speed, PLDT left every competitor in the dust with 85.38Mbps, which is more than half of Converge ICT's 40.36Mbps, about 9 times higher than SKY's 9.59Mbps, and around 7x more than Globe's 12.65Mbps.

As for Smart, it has a Speed Score of 18.33, which is almost 6 points higher than Globe's 12.35. It also got a higher average Download Speed and Upload Speed of 15.94Mbps and 7.57Mbps as compared to Globe's 11.96Mbps and 4.03Mbps, respectively.

With the said numbers above, Ookla awarded PLDT with the Fastest Fixed Internet Award for Q1-Q2 of 2020, beating Converge ICY, SKY, and Globe. Meanwhile, Smart is awarded by Ookla with the Fastest Mobile Award for the same period beating its rival Globe Telecom.

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“The results of these consumer-initiated tests highlight the beneficial impact of the sustained investments we have made in our network infrastructure over the past five years.  As a result, we have been able to ensure that our customers have the best data experience, even amid the global pandemic,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering.
“We have achieved this by continuing our network expansion program, particularly by steadily extending the reach and increasing capacity of our 4G/LTE network.  We’ve done this by combining the roll out of our physical installations with software systems upgrades that can be done remotely,” Tamayo said.

Ookla also revealed that Smart was enjoying big leads in key cities, including Cebu City, Makati City, and Quezon, while PLDT was also ahead in Quezon City, Cebu City, and Davao City.

PLDT, Smart Fastest Fixed and Mobile Internet Services in PH for 2nd Half of 2019 – Ookla

PLDT, Smart Fastest Fixed and Mobile Internet Services in PH for 2nd Half of 2019 – Ookla
PLDT, Smart Fastest Fixed and Mobile Internet Services in PH for 2nd Half of 2019 – Ookla

According to its Q3-Q4 2019 report, Smart was able to reach a Speed Score of 18.13 (up from 15.57 of the same period last 2018) through its average download speeds of 20.42Mbps (up from 17.86Mbps), and average speeds of 9.87Mbps (up from 8.61Mbps). Meanwhile, PLDT got Speed Score of 25.03 (up from 18.57 of the same period last year) with its top download speeds of 62.87Mbps (up from 52.28Mbps), and upload speeds of 80.07Mbps (up from 55.95Mbps).

The result was based on 1,822,401 user-initiated taken with Speedtest on LTE-capable devices in the country, and on 29,505,821 customer-initiated Speedtest on the fixed network.

“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 Q3 and Q4,” said Jamie Steven, Executive Vice President at Ookla.
“The results of these consumer-initiated tests provide further proof that we are achieving our goal of progressively improving the service quality enjoyed by our customers.  Aside from expanding our coverage, we are enabling our customers to have the best experience enjoying entertainment or learning new skills through online video, playing mobile games, or boosting their businesses through social media and online commerce," said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering.

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Ookla also revealed that Smart was enjoying big leads in key cities, including Quezon City, Makati, and Manila, while PLDT was also ahead in Quezon City, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro.

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