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Ookla: Smart is still the "best and fastest" mobile network in the Philippines

According to mobile and broadband network intelligence firm Ookla, Smart is still the "best and fastest" mobile network in the Philippines.
File photo: Smart 5G network in PH

The best and fastest mobile network in the Philippines is Smart

In particular, Smart won the Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage awards at Ookla for Q3 to Q4 2022. Smart also won the said awards in Q1 to Q2 2022.

To achieve this feat, Smart bested other mobile players like rival Globe and new player DITO.

Smart achieved a 
Speed Score of 62.3 which is almost twice the 36.36 of its closest competitor for the Fastest Mobile Network Award.

To win this category, Smart posted a median download speed of 31.04 Mbps and a median upload speed of 6.8 Mbps. In comparison, its closest competitors posted a median download speed of 20.22 Mbps and a median upload speed of 5.13 Mbps. This is based on more than 2.9 million user-initiated tests.

Meanwhile, Smart recorded a Coverage Score of 795 to best its closest competitor with a Coverage Score of 757 to win the Coverage Award. The Coverage Award is based on over 3.4 million scan counts.  

Ookla explains that the Coverage Score captures both the number of locations in which an operator offers service (its footprint) and the quality of service in each location.

These awards continue to inspire us to innovate and deliver leveled-up services to our customers across the country, in our quest to power their increasingly digital lifestyles, foster meaningful connections, and become the telco that our subscribers can truly count on, said Emmanuel C. Lorenzana, PLDT Chief Transformation & Customer Advisor.

The data from Ookla also showed that Smart has bested the competition in key cities across the country, being the Fastest Mobile Network in Quezon City, Cebu City, and Davao City.  

Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla, are an elite designation reserved for the fastest and top-performing fixed broadband and mobile operators around the world. It is our pleasure to present Smart with the award for Fastest Mobile Network, Best Coverage which gives Smart a high accolade of Best Mobile Network in the Philippines. This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q3-Q4 2022 based on Ookla's rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest” said Doug Suttles, CEO at Ookla.  
Our relentless efforts at improving our network have enabled Smart to receive these accolades once again. This year, we will continue to empower Filipinos with Smart's fastest speeds and widest coverage, and at the same time provide our Smart and TNT subscribers with value-packed offers and awesome experiences. We want to enable our subscribers to live more today and make the most of the moments that matter to them, said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group - Individual at Smart.    
As of end-September, Smart had deployed 77,200 base stations nationwide, including 7,300 5G base stations and close to 40,000 4G/LTE base stations. It also has the most extensive fiber network in the country which spanned more than 1.09 million kilometers in international and domestic fiber.

This year, Smart previously said that it is planning to increase its capex. Most of the time, majority of the capex is for network infrastructure to improve its network.

Smart is also encouraging its subscribers to abide by the new SIM Registration Law to keep using its network.

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