Ookla hails PLDT and its wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications, as the fastest fixed and mobile internet networks in the Philippines. The result was based on tests taken by the Speedtest app covering the second half of 2020.
Here, Speed Score was used as a measurement to determine “how fast” the networks run. It takes into account both upload and download speeds of the networks.
According to Ookla’s report, PLDT has an overall Speed Score of 27.28, with top download speeds of 79.48 Mbps and top upload speeds of 92.18 Mbps. This was based on 74,788,737 customer-initiated tests with the Speedtest app for Q3-Q4 2020.
Meanwhile, Smart posted a Speed Score of 24.99, with average download speeds of 20.08 Mbps and average upload speeds of 7.42 Mbps. This was based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest for Q3-Q4 2020.
Impressively, both telcos showed significant improvements compared to the previous period, where PLDT and Smart posted a Speed Score of 24.79 and18.33, respectively.
The award is proof of the telcos’ commitment of providing better services for Filipinos. At the end of 2020, PLDT laid out over 429,000 kilometers of fiber infrastructure. While Smart added more than 59,000 base stations on top of over 10,000 cell sites that cover over 95 percent of the Philippines’ cities and municipalities. All this plus the activation of Smart 5G services in key cities along the way.
This year, we’re going to see even more improvements. PLDT recently announced that it was prepared to invest between Php 88 billion and Php 92 billion in capital expenditures for 2021.
The PLDT Group’s investments in capital expenditures totaled Php 260 billion from 2015 to 2019.