Report: Philippines LTE speed, connectivity is slow but not worst

Michaela Andrea
PUBLISHED November 3, 2017 09:06 am | UPDATED November 3, 2017 10:06 am
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(Inside Manila) Are we really getting our money’s worth over these LTE promos? Well, a new study might (or might not) have the answer.

According to OpenSignal’s The State of LTE November report, the LTE in the Philippines is a few inches away from hitting rock bottom in terms of availability of the connectivity and the speed of signal when compared to 76 other countries.

Supposedly, LTE—a type of fourth generation (4G) mobile technology—should deliver the fastest mobile internet connection. It should be 10 times faster than 3G.

The global report studied over 50 billion measurements worldwide from July 1 to October 1, 2017 to determine new rankings and insights into LTE connectivity.

Standing defeated at the 69th spot out of 77 countries, the country’s LTE availability was at 58.83%. However, this percentage is, surprisingly, a tad higher to 52.77% it got in the same report in June 2017.

And if you think this rank can never go worse, the Philippines ranked 74th out of 77 countries in terms of LTE speed. The report noted that the average LTE speed is at 8.24 megabits per second (Mbps). This is slower than our 8.59 Mbps record in June.

OpenSignal said tracks mobile connectivity based on how often consumers with 4G devices can connect to an LTE network in their own countries.

So if you want a speedy internet connection, you might want to visit South Korea and Singapore who almost hit the 50 Mbps barrier with average download speeds at 45.9 Mbps and 46.6 Mbps, respectively.

And please do understand your family members working overseas, specifically those in Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, and India, if they are always “choppy” or “pixelated.”

These three countries are standing just below the Philippines in OpenSignal’s November State of LTE report.



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