OpenSignal compares Globe and Smart’s LTE speed

OpenSignal, a company specializing in wireless coverage mapping, released a report that focuses on Philippine Internet – particularly our LTE speed. They compared two of our telecoms (Globe and Smart) to show where they stand in terms of download speed, upload speed, and latency.

LTE download and upload speed

LTE download and upload speed

Based on the report, Globe’s download speed is a little bit faster than Smart’s at an average speed of 6.1Mbps against 5.9Mbps. In terms of uploading, Smart overtakes Globe by a mere .2Mbps at 7.2Mbps and 7Mbps, respectively. As for LTE latency or as OpenSignal says is “the time it takes for the server to acknowledge the request from the device,” Globe trumps Smart with 93.3ms against 185.4ms.

LTE latency (lower is better)

Latency plays a big part in streaming video and VOIP for video chatting and the like. It greatly affects how we, subscribers, feel about the speed of our carrier as a whole (lower is better).

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The report however recognizes Smart’s efforts in making significant improvements over the past 3 months in both download and upload speed.

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Although this may be the case, we’re still lagging behind other countries in LTE and even in overall Internet speed (2.5Mbps against South Korea’s upcoming 10Gbps)  as we’ve previously reported.

Click through for OpenSignal’s full report.


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30 Responses

  1. Avatar for Alter Ego Alter Ego says:

    Can you do a comparison of DSL speeds of Globe and PLDT?

  2. Avatar for jason jason says:

    parang baliktad naman ang experience ko. i both have smart and globe postpaid account but i cancelled my globe line coz the internet speed is not good. it’s not even half of the speed i get with smart. that’s based on my experience though. OFF topic: another thing i didn’t like about globe is that they overcharged me and it took them 6 months to fix it while i didn’t have any prob with smart so i will stick with smart for now.

  3. Avatar for mrericx mrericx says:

    I’ll tweet this info to the official twitter accounts of globe & smart especially to the this one as well:

  4. Avatar for GlobeSucks GlobeSucks says:

    Kalokohan to. Based on experience, walang kwenta ang Internet access service ng Globe. If you don’t believe me, do some research and count how many irate customers of Globe you will find sa net.

  5. Avatar for none none says:

    but dl a file bigger than 300mb and watch these telcos buttfsck your connection to hell.

  6. Avatar for probinsyano probinsyano says:
    Test was done along Tandang Sora Avenue.

    Sa liblib na barangay namin sa probinsya ng Pangasinan, 7Mbps average speed ng Globe

  7. Avatar for hunter hunter says:

    Yung unlimited internet ko sa globe plan 999 3g di halos ako makaconnect laging walang makuhang data kahit H+ na ang signal eh di lalo na yang LTE. Mabuti na lang at matatapos na contract ko .

  8. Avatar for Kdot Kdot says:

    Yan na pala yung LTE. . Kaunti lang difference sa 3G.

  9. Avatar for Doc Doc says:

    You don’t need Lte for that speed.

  10. Avatar for unnamed unnamed says:

    not sure how the tests were done and concluded to this report. But this is simply nowhere near this speedtest result,
    done in one of the floors inside a high rise building within the ortigas center.

    or maybe let’s just blame speedtest because it maybe broken or something f^c*d up happened to it…

    • Avatar for Rai Rai says:

      naka whitelist ata ip addresses ng, tingnan niyo dito Globe Telecom internet speed:
      kahit na throttled yung ibang site, mabilis pa rin yung result

  11. Avatar for Boom Boom says:

    Kalokohan! Makati area nga, enabled LTE, 0.27mbps DL, 0.00mbps UL. Nasaan ang sinasabe niyo na 6.1mbps DL and 7mbps UL ha, Globe?!?!?! Boset!

  12. Avatar for bryan_mmx bryan_mmx says:

    I use opensignal. Seems to be more accurate than speedtest. What I don’t understand is the stopped of Globe. Before fup i can get 25mbps in QC (around 5 in malabon and prolly around 10 in binondo). Now? I’m lucky if I can even get 3mbps in QC.

  13. Avatar for Niel Jon Carl Aguel Niel Jon Carl Aguel says:

    so far wala akong problema sa speed ng smart. average speed ko lagi ay

  14. Avatar for Joanna Taguing Joanna Taguing says:

    Akala ko ba fastest network ang Smart, bakit parang sila yung nag-hahabol sa Globe? Buti nalang di ako umalis.

  15. Avatar for jp jp says:

    At least on Smart LTE it is real unlimited LTE no data cap until this moment. Globe FUP sucks what can you do for GoSurf 999/5GB a month.

    • Avatar for Starrr Starrr says:

      All providers have their own FUP. Read up before you bash.


    • Avatar for pj pj says:

      Hoy mokong, Wag ka masyado mag porn kase. Humanap ka ng gf para may malibangan kang iba.

    • Avatar for Kuya D Kuya D says:

      I think not. it will follow also kasi regulation ata un with NTC provision. to get extra money for heavy users like us.. pera pera lang yan..

    • Avatar for Rabbit-kun Rabbit-kun says:

      naka Supersurf pa rin yung plan ko so.. unlimited yung LTE ko :D

    • Avatar for pj pj says:

      5Gb per day po un tapus refresh the next day. Tama, tigilan mo na yang porn. lol

    • Avatar for pj pj says:

      5Gb per day po un tapus refresh the next day. Tama, tigilan mo na yang porn. hehe

    • Avatar for jpj jpj says:

      Hoy pj, palibhasa sawsawan na ng bayan gf mo bago ikaw kaya alam na niya gagawin niya at di ninyo na kailangan manood ng porn.

    • Avatar for jp jp says:

      @Starr I am not bashing without reading the actual facts. Yes they say that 1.5gb is allotment per day on Smart. However, there is an ongoing promo for LTE subcription. Ikaw ang magbasa tol hehehe walang cap yan until December 31, 2014.

    • Avatar for Lol Lol says:

      Now that’s more f’upd

  16. Avatar for Tutko Moyinmo Tutko Moyinmo says:

    Tang inang mga speed yan. Swerte ka pa kyng makuha mo yan.

  17. Avatar for kj kj says:

    umpisahan ang reklamo! =)

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