Speed-testing firm Ookla has named PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc as the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks for 2018. This according to their latest report, which covers the third and fourth quarter of 2018.
In the report, Smart achieved a Speed Score of 15.57 with average download speeds of 17.86Mbps and average upload speeds of 8.61Mbps. This is based on 2,186,540 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest on LTE-capable devices in the Philippines.
On the other hand, PLDT achieved a Speed Score of 18.57 with top download speeds of 52.28Mbps and top upload speeds of 55.95 Mbps. The fixed network award is based on 27,221,777 customer-initiated Speedtest nationwide for the same period.
Moreover, Ookla’s country reports showed Smart leading in key cities like Quezon City, Makati, and Manila. Meanwhile PLDT is still way ahead in Quezon City, Pasig, and Manila.
For mobile, Speed Score incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network speed performance. Tests used to calculate the Speed Score exclusively come from devices capable of connecting to the market’s fastest, generally available technology.
For fixed, Ookla assesses the best network speeds attained across a given network. This includes tests on various Speedtest applications that connect to a fixed network, including ones taken on mobile phones over a Wi-Fi connection. Each top carrier accounts for at least 3% of the sample size in the geographic area.