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Checking out LTE speeds here in Tokyo, Japan




The first thing we did when we landed at the Narita Airport last Monday was to rent a 4G Pocket WiFi at one of the shops just outside the arrival area. This provided us access to mobile internet throughout our trip here.

The device is a Huawei E5-series although not the same as the E589 LTE we have in the Philippines. The lease costs about Php2,500 for the 4 days that we’re here so that brings it to about Php600 per day. Not bad when you compare it to the usual $10-$15 roaming charges and besides, it comes with an 8-hour LTE pocket WiFi.

Based on the last 3 days that we’ve been testing it, the average speed we normally get is about 6Mbps while the highest we’ve ever clocked was just 14Mbps. It’s not bad but not earth-shattering as we expected.

In fact, the LTE speeds we get in the Philippines is almost the same if not better. The only difference that we notice is that LTE signal is almost everywhere, a stark contrast to the sparse LTE signal we have in Metro Manila.



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

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10 Responses

  1. edwaine says:

    Well you should try their DSL first then compare it here in the Philippines (Considering the price and speeds given in every plan). Makikita mo kung gaano kamahal ng internet natin dito sa pinas.

    • rockz says:

      technically mahal sa philippines because of overhead costs compared to Japan where they have their own internet backbone, compared dito where ISPs still have to buy those bandwidth via internet exchange …

      kung may internet backbone lang tayo na derecho sa international servers then wala tayong problema sa speeds and pings …

    • Hi says:

      If i’m not mistaken, Globe has their own internet backbone. That’s why they’re capping our plans. :)

    • daniel says:

      Eh sa Pilipinas, sa 8 submarine fiber optic cables, 7 lines connecting to the world is owned by PLDT and the other 1 is owned by the government. Goes to show why PLDT and Smart are fastest in this country.

      Sabi ng networking teacher namin, kinasuhan pa ng Anti-trust case ng Globe and other telecoms ang PLDT dahil dinadala daw ng PLDT ang packets sa malalayong lugar imbes sa pinakamalapit na route kaya mabagal ang internet ng iba. Globe and others are just using PLDT’s infrastructure to connect to the world.

    • edwaine says:

      They can compete with other country’s internet speeds compare. I just wonder why they didnt offer those plans to consumers @ the affordable price.

  2. Haha says:

    We should take note na sa Japan, walang GSM signal… PURO 3G at LTE lang. SOSYAL!

    Kaya consistent talaga ang speeds. Even a simple home internet subscription with 80mbps speed costs only P1500 there. Mabilis na, mura pa.

  3. jejepoy says:

    What LTE network is that? NTT DoCoMo or Softbank? Softbank LTE can go as high as 69 Mbps

  4. sayaaang says:

    mahal dito sa pilipinas dahil silasila ding mga ganid ang nagoofer ng internet dito…bakit pa sila magbababa ng presyo kung magkakasundo ang mga giant players na ganun kataas diba???

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