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Ookla: PLDT and Smart retains speed lead over competitors

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The latest data from Ookla revealed that PLDT and wireless arm Smart retained its speed lead over competitors for the first half of 2020.
Ookla: PLDT and Smart retains speed lead over competitors
Data from Ookla

PLDT and Smart retains speed lead over competitors

Despite the surge in internet traffic due to the enforced lockdown in mid-March, PLDT and Smart's network remained resilient to outpace the competition.

The global leader in internet testing and analysis Ookla reported that PLDT achieved a Speed Score of 24.79 with top download speeds of 70.54 Mbps and top upload speeds of 85.38 Mbps.

The fixed network award is based on 48,404,707 customer-initiated Speedtest nationwide for Q1 to Q2 2020.

On the other hand, Smart recorded a speed score of 18.33 with an average download speed of 15.94 Mbps and average upload speeds of 7.57 Mbps based on 2,810,963 user-initiated Speedtest during the same period.

Ookla's data revealed that the average download speeds have dipped at the beginning of the quarantine due to internet traffic moving from central business districts to residential areas as people began working remotely and consume more data from home.

But due to Smart's subsequent network optimization efforts such as reallocating its assigned 1800MHz frequency from 2G to 4G/LTE, the company's speed has since recovered to 20.12 Mbps in July.

PLDT also increased the capacity of its international cable systems to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan by a whopping 1 Terabit/s within a few weeks after the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measures.

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 the capacity of our 4G/LTE network.  We've done this by combining the rollout of our physical installations with software systems upgrades that can be done remotely, Tamayo said. 

PLDT and Smart have steadily invested in network expansions and upgrades. Over the past 5 years, the group has spent almost PHP 260 billion in overall capex.

In 2019 alone, PLDT reached a record of 72.9 billion. In 2020, the company's capex is expected to reach PHP 70 billion.

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