Our internet is improving
OpenSignal has just dropped their Mobile Network Experience Report for March of this year, and it looks like the Philippines’ legendary crappy internet reputation is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
Based on the data provided, Manila posted a download speed experience score of 11.2Mbps. This puts it behind Ho Chi Minh (14.7 Mbps) and Kuala Lumpur (11.8 Mbps) but ahead of Bangkok (9.8 Mbps), Jakarta (8.2 Mbps) and Phnom Penh (6.3 Mbps).
This tracks with OpenSignal’s previous reports of how the Philippines’ mobile internet has drastically improved the past few months, with Smart dominating Globe in previous reports by the research company.
The earlier study, which was released in March, showed that in Manila, Smart posted a Download Speed Experience score of 15.2 Mbps and a “good” video experience score of 55.4. These findings were based on crowd-sourced data gathered from November 1, 2018 to January 29, 2019.
While both operators have been putting in work trying to improve their service, Smart’s parent company PLDT has allocated about US$5 billion into the transformation of its fixed and mobile networks from 2016 to 2020.
In this year alone, PLDT is has set aside Php78.4 billion further expand coverage and increase capacity to handle the rapid growth in data traffic.