Opensignal: 4G Speeds in the Philippines Continue to Improve Despite COVID-19

by Duey Guison  August 27, 2020

Despite Pres. Rodrigo Duterte berating telco companies for allegedly offering poor services in this year’s SoNA, new findings from Opensignal show that the Philippines has improved its 4G download speeds despite being badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On download experience, the Philippines’ 4G download speeds improved by as much as 3.8Mbps when compared to data obtained from Q4 2017. While the country’s 4G download speeds did take a dip in Q2 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest report of Opensignal shows that it has bounced back to a decent 8.3Mbps as of May 2020.

On a per operator level, Smart remains to offer better download speeds at 10.1Mbps as of May 2020 compared to Globe’s 7.3Mbps.  Those numbers are a notable improvement compared to Q4 2017 figures, where Smart and Globe’s 4G download speeds were at 5.5Mbps and 4.1Mbps respectively.

Among the contributing factors to the improvement of 4G download speeds is the wider availably of 4G nationwide. From a 63.7% 4G availability in Q4 2017, the Philippines has improved to an 83.3% 4G availability in Q2 2020. On a per operator level, Smart improved its 4G availability by almost 28%.

While both telcos are working on deploying 5G in the Philippines, Smart is speeding up its 4G/LTE and 5G network rollouts by tapping 6 common tower companies.

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