PLDT peaks the speed race.


DIGITAL service provider PLDT Inc. asserted on Wednesday that it led the speed race in both the fixed line and mobile segments in the first half of 2019, quoting information from the Ookla speed test group.

Mario G. Tamayo, the company’s SVP, said PLDT extended its lead over its competitor in the fixed line segment, while Smart’s lead in the wireless section versus its rival continued to develop.

Citing Ookla’s report, Tamayo said PLDT achieved a Speed Score of 20.44 points, after clocking in a 51.36 Mbps top download speed and a 54.22 Mbps top upload speed.

Globe Telecom Inc.’s speed score was 10.04 points. Its fixed broadband had a top download speed of 27.47 Mbps and a top upload velocity of 12.72 Mbps, whereas Sky Broadband had a top download speed of 30.52 Mbps and a top upload velocity of 5.77 Mbps. It had a 11.76 point Speed Score.

For fixed, Ookla evaluates the highest network speeds achieved across a specified network, taking into account trials made on multiple velocity test apps that connect to a fixed network, including trials performed on mobile phones over a Wi-Fi connection. Each top carrier accounts for at least 3 percent of the geographic region sample size.

On the other side, Smart achieved a Speed Score of 17.07 points with an average download speed of 19.33 Mbps and an average upload velocity of 9.16 Mbps. Globe has a 10.05 point Speed Score with an average

download speed of 11.38 Mbps and an average upload velocity of 4.74 Mbps.

For mobile, Speed Score includes a measure of the download and upload velocity of each provider to evaluate network velocity efficiency. Tests used to calculate the Speed Score come solely from contemporary machines which are devices capable of linking to the fastest, usually accessible technology on the market.

The network investments have considerably improved customer experience so that they can now watch videos without buffering, update their social-media accounts, or easily check their e-mail and open attachments while on the go.

PLDT currently has a fiber-optic cable footprint of 259,000 kilometers, while Smart has equipped LTE-Advanced Technology with 71 percent of its 18,000 base stations.

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