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‘PLDT has fastest fixed line network’

PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. continued to clinch the top spots for the fastest fixed line and mobile networks, at least according to the latest data from Internet testing and analysis provider Ookla.

In its latest Speed Test Awards, Ookla said PLDT had the fastest fixed broadband network in the country in the second half of 2020 with a speed score of 27.78 after posting top download speeds of 79.48 Mbps and top upload speeds of 92.18 Mbps.

Converge ICT Solutions Inc. settled for the second spot with a speed score of 23.92, followed by Sky Cable Inc. with 20.55, and Globe Telecom Inc. with 11.11.

Smart likewise had the best mobile network, according to Ookla, after garnering a speed score of 24.99 with average download speeds of 20.08 Mbps and average upload speeds of 7.42 Mbps.

Globe had a speed score of 15.30 with average download speed of 15.25 Mbps and average upload speeds of 4.11 Mbps.

This is the third consecutive year that Smart was awarded the title by Ookla.

“This award recognizes Smart’s commitment to delivering fast speeds to their customers across the Philippines. With this latest win, Smart has won the Speedtest Award for Fastest Mobile Network in the Philippines three consecutive years in a row,” Ookla CEO Douglas Suttles was quoted as saying in a statement sent by Smart.

Smart also solidified its superiority in 5G after being hailed as the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla for the first quarter of 2021.

According to Ookla, Smart had a median download speed of 190 Mbps, or “more than double than that of Globe.”  “Our steady investments and unflagging resolve to expand and upgrade our integrated fixed and wireless networks, as well as to bring Smart 5G closer to our customers nationwide, have brought about these outstanding results,” said Smart Communications President and CEO and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Alfredo S. Panlilio.

Panlilio said this feat challenges the group to provide better services to its customers through continued network development.

“Just as we did with Smart LTE, which has been recognized by Ookla since 2018 as the country’s fastest 4G/LTE network, we are working non-stop to expand the coverage of our 5G service and make it accessible to more customers, despite the challenges of the pandemic. With 5G, we are making the Philippines’ fastest mobile network even faster – elevating the average mobile speeds into fiber-like levels—to serve our customers better, especially in these critical times.”

PLDT is spending as much as P92 billion in capital expenditures this year to upgrade its mobile and fixed line networks through the deployment of more cell sites and fiber optic cables throughout the country.

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