While users on Smart scored just slightly higher than Globe for 4G Availability across rural and urban areas, the Download Speed Experience of our Filipino users is very polarized. Our rural users on Smart enjoyed a faster speed than Globe in all but three regions — Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and BARMM — where they tied.
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Opensignal analyzed the fluctuations in 4G Download Speeds that our users in the Philippines experienced throughout the day across different regions.
Users in Manila have a distinct mobile broadband speed advantage over their counterparts in other Filippino cities.
Opensignal’s latest report on the Philippines has highlighted how Smart closed the 4G Availability gap with the other incumbent, Globe.
Globe has long had the edge over Smart in LTE reach, but in our latest test period we saw Smart surge forward in our 4G Availability metric, resulting in a statistical tie between the two operators.
Of all of the global regions we analyzed in our State of Mobile Video report, East Asia definitely had the most diverse results.
As the Philippines government tries to entice a third mobile operator into the telecom market, the archipelago nation's two incumbents are continuing to build out their 4G services, extending their LTE signal reach and boosting mobile broadband speeds bit by bit.