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Average LTE speed at 8Mbps in the Philippines, ahead of US at 7Mbps

Recent data gathered by OpenSignal form over 11 million users worldwide shows the state of LTE globally, including specific data for the Philippines.

There were two main data points gathered in the latest survey — average download speed and time on LTE (percentage of times a user gets an LTE signal from the network).

Spain is ahead of the pack in terms of average LTE download speed at 18Mbps while South Korea is at #4 with 17Mbps.

Vodafone ES in Spain recorded the highest average of any LTE network at 25.2Mbps.

The Philippines is merely at 8Mbps, just below Japan at 9Mbps but ahead of the US at 7Mbps. Slowest is Saudi Arabia at 3Mbps.


Time on LTE is another matter altogether. It calculates the percentage of access to the LTE network whenever a mobile user activates data.

The Philippines ranks second to last (Argentina) at only 37%. This means 2 out of 3 times, a mobile user will not get an LTE signal but instead either H+, 3G or Edge.

From 76 countries last year that had LTE, the count is now at 124 with 18 more scheduled for roll out this year.

The survey covered a period of 3 months from November 2014 to January 2015.

About OpenSignal.

With a smartphone application has been downloaded over 10 million times OpenSignal are crowd-sourcing cellular coverage on a global scale. Their app runs in the background acting as a network probe, constantly capturing data points as users move around. With millions of data points per day, OpenSignal has a unique data set which provides great insights into the state of the wireless landscape.


Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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20 Responses

  1. delcan says:

    and this is what I get for 90 bucks, not including taxes: http://www.speedtest.net/wp/27685257.png

    at&t LTE

    • Andy says:

      Get the pro plan of Cricket under AT&T. 55 bucks including tax = 10GB of 8mbps of LTE data before getting throttled

  2. optimus black says:

    What’s the use of LTE if our data will be capped

  3. RJ says:

    Yeah, Speedtest shows that my pocket wifi’s LTE speed is superb (16Mbps-30Mbps download, 10Mbps-16Mbps upload). But actual usage tells a different story. IT STILL FEELS SLOW. I wonder if Globe managed to somehow find a way to manipulate Speedtest results, just like how Samsung found a way to manipulate their phones’ benchmark results.

  4. fce says:

    And what’s the use of having LTE 8 Mbps speed when Philippines is ranked second to last on ‘Time on LTE’.
    The speed is only good ‘IF’ you can get LTE service when you need it. The operative word here is IF.

  5. Kami says:

    Ok. How about coverage? Ilang percentage ba ng philippines ang covered na ng LtE?

    And, ilang percentage ba ang gumagamit?

    Since konti lang gumagamit kaya hindi pa congested ang network, hence the speed.

  6. someguy says:

    Maganda ang mga ganitong news, i-expose niyo lang ng i-expose ang Pinas na mabagal ang internet para ma realize ng telco ang katotohanan… if ever man.

    • thatguy says:

      LOL… San ka galing? Sinasadya ata nila na mabagal at mahal. No choice naman tayo. Alam mo na, basta pinoy kapal muks, corrupt at makasarili. Iyak!

    • Yikes... says:

      “.. basta pinoy kapal muks, corrupt at makasarili ..”
      Sadly, this is getting more obvious. A lot are just not that aware.
      We should accept this fact for us to be able to do something about it.

  7. knowme says:

    yeah it maybe faster but after being throttled it sure is slower than a turtle. PLDC for example? they throttle at a blazing speed of 256 KBPS. And LTE coverage is not nationwide. The fact still remains that we pay too much for a crappy internet speed and lame services

  8. SunCell Subscriber says:

    You guys have to consider that compared to the other contenders, The Philippines is an archipelago plus, LTE locations (especially Mega Manila) are more dense than these countries (can’t even find India, which is closer to Philippines’ population density).

    Thus, setting-up advanced networks is only limited on the telco’s basic infrastructure. So unless current networks get kicked in the ass (maybe rallies? or the most logical choice, MAKE NTC DO ITS JOB), or a magical carrier pops-up, then we’re probably stuck in these internet speed figures.

  9. don miata says:

    no reason to be proud let alone celabrate, these speeds are achieved in Makati or Global city only!! thats not the average speed in the Philippines? 99% of the country dont have LTE, and what they have is too bad to mention

    • wtf says:

      RIGHT ON! the most disappointing point not raised is if LTE is available in the whole country or only in selected areas..

  10. accel says:

    And here I am thinking that today is April Fools’ day…

  11. How much did the telcos pay you guys?

  12. 1cho says:

    Thanks yuga for reminding me not to buy an LTE smart phone just yet. Mga 2 years pa hehehe

  13. Martin says:

    Ang ganda na sana ng internet speed kaso may data cap na rin pati DSL line!

    Tignan niyo yung bagong DSL lines ni globe…parang gosurf na leche!


  14. Puretuts (@puretuts) says:

    Honestly are you guys on drugs?
    I can barely go above 1.5 mbps. My landline is 2.3 mbps.
    in fact LTE stands for LESS THAN EXPECTED.

    • don miata says:

      not on drugs, but they get everything for free; gadgets, the net, everything, for test purposes of course so how can You not be corrupt?

  15. Ted Reyes Olaya says:

    Kalokohan! Paano yung reliability at coverage? Useless din yang speed na yan. Bwisit yang mga network companies na yan.

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