Smart Communications is still the Philippines’ Fastest and Best Mobile Network Award, according to the latest report by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.
After making history as the first and only Philippine mobile operator to win Ookla’s Best Mobile Network award for Q1-Q2 2022, Smart set another record for clinching the award for Q3-Q4 2022, winning both the Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage awards.
Ookla’s latest report showed Smart ahead of competitors in terms of Speed and Coverage Scores.
Smart is the “Fastest Mobile Network” with a Speed Score of 62.3, while its closest competitor posted a Speed Score of 36.36.
To win this category, Smart posted a median download speed of 31.04 Mbps and a median upload speed of 6.8 Mbps, while its closest competitors posted a median download speed of 20.22 Mbps and a median upload speed of 5.13 Mbps.
Smart is also highest in the ‘Best Mobile Coverage’ category with a Coverage 795, surpassing its closest competitor’s Coverage Score of 757. 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, according to Ookla.
Ookla’s report also showed that Smart outpaced competitors in key cities across the country, being the Fastest Mobile Network in Quezon City, Cebu City, and Davao City.
The Fastest Mobile Network award is based on more than 2.9 million user-initiated tests, whereas the Coverage Award is based on over 3.4 million scan counts.
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. Smart’s network covers about 97 percent of the population with 3G, LTE, and 5G. It is supported by the country’s most extensive fiber network, which spanned more than 1.09 million kilometers in international and domestic fiber as of end-September.
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To continue enjoying Smart’s fastest speeds and the widest coverage, subscribers are encouraged to register their SIMs, in line with the newly enacted SIM Registration Law. Aside from launching its online SIM Registration portal at http://www.smart.com.ph/simreg, Smart has also ramped up its rollout of assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the country, including in government-identified remote areas.