According to the latest report by Ookla, Smart 5G remains the Philippines’ fastest 5G network with median download speeds that is “nearly twice as fast” as its competitor.

In Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index Market and Analyses covering Q3 2021, it was reported that Smart had a median 5G download speed at 217.03 Mbps, which is faster than that of Globe’s 114.12 Mbps.

Ookla: Smart 5G nearly twice as fast as competitor

The report also identified the mobile operators with the fastest 5G download speeds in selected markets, including United States’ T-Mobile with 135.17 Mbps; Hong Kong’s China Mobile with 191.95 Mbps; Germany’s Telekom with 161.14 Mbps; and Canada’s Bell at 183.39 Mbps.

Also posting much faster median 5G download speeds were Singapore’s Singtel with 248.45 Mbps; Finland’s Telia with 283.34 Mbps; China’s China Telecom with 304.03 Mbps; Spain’s Vodafone with 323.14 Mbps; New Zealand’s Vodafone at 326.44 Mbps; Qatar’s Ooredoo with 373.98 Mbps; and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom with 440.93 Mbps.

“Ookla’s latest report underscores the steady progress we’ve made in rolling out 5G and providing our subscribers with a world-class customer experience in terms of speed and coverage,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart. 

Aside from leading in terms of 5G performance, Smart also has the distinction of fastest mobile operator in the Philippines with a Speed Score of 59.71. The Speed Score incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network performance.

Moreover, Smart had the lowest median latency of 20 milliseconds, which means it had the most responsive connection essential for activities such as streaming and gaming.

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Smart now has around 800,000 5G users on its network, which is a 200% increase from the number of Smart 5G users in December 2020. To date, the telco has fired up over 4,400 5G sites in more than 4,000 locations for the Philippines’ widest 5G coverage.


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