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Smart Reasserts its 5G Network Dominance in the Philippines

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Smart Communications, Inc has reasserted its dominance as the Philippines' fastest mobile network for the fourth year in a row, based on analysis by Ookla of tests taken with Speedtest covering the first half of 2021.
Smart received the Fastest Mobile Network Award with a Speed Score of 44.70, a significant increase over the previous year's 24.99, based on 4,949,931 user-initiated tests conducted with Speedtest in the Philippines between Q1 and Q2 2021.

Meanwhile, according to the recently released Fastest 5G Mobile Award report, Smart took the top spot in the country with a Speed Score of 204.81, achieving median download and upload speeds of 220.66 Mbps and 20.61 Mbps, respectively, based on 237,142 user-initiated 5G tests conducted with Speedtest in the Philippines from Q1 to Q2 2021.

Speedtest Awards for top providers in speed are determined using a Speed Score that incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network speed performance. To determine Speedtest Awards winners for mobile networks, Ookla assesses the average of test results taken using Modern Chipsets. Modern Chipsets include all mobile tests, regardless of connection technology used, as long as they are taken on devices that are identified as being capable of achieving the fastest speeds available in a market.

After this filtering has taken place, a Speed Score is applied as outlined above to determine the best speeds available in a country.

This level of performance has been enabled by Smart's mobile network, including its 5G network, now fired up in more than 4,000 sites nationwide. Supporting Smart's network is PLDT's most extensive fiber infrastructure, now at over 511,000 kilometers as of June.

Fastest 5G network in key areas
Initial data included in Ookla’s country reports showed that Smart's 5G speeds are way ahead in key areas nationwide like Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City, with Smart posting download and upload speeds that are faster compared to its nearest competitor in these areas.

In the City of Manila, for example, Smart's 5G download speeds are at 268.01 Mbps, with the nearest competition at 81.82 Mbps. In Cebu City, meanwhile, Smart registered 5G download speeds of 239.03 Mbps whereas the competition is at 99.99 Mbps, while in Davao City, Smart notched 5G download speeds of 209.76 Mbps, whereas the competition is at 145.18 Mbps.

All-out government support
According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the government’s all-out support in expediting the release of LGU permits required for the ramped-up improvement of telco infrastructure has helped increase internet speeds in the country. As of July 27, 2021, PLDT and Smart have secured more than 25,000 fixed and wireless permits since the government fast-tracked approvals for telco firms last year.

These include the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) issuance last year of the Joint Memorandum Circular fast-tracking the issuance of permits and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently issued Department Order No. 29 (DO 29), which allows telecommunications companies to occupy a portion of the government Right of Way (ROW), subject to prescribed conditions. DO's issuance also assists in ensuring the timely maintenance of PLDT's fiber infrastructure as well as Smart's cell sites.

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