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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).

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


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.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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30 Responses

  1. kj says:

    umpisahan ang reklamo! =)

  2. Tutko Moyinmo says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Joanna Taguing says:

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

  5. Niel Jon Carl Aguel says:

    so far wala akong problema sa speed ng smart. average speed ko lagi ay http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3855444611

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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…

  9. Doc says:

    You don’t need Lte for that speed.

  10. Kdot says:

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

  11. 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 .

  12. probinsyano says:

    Test was done along Tandang Sora Avenue.

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

  13. none says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. mrericx says:

    I’ll tweet this info to the official twitter accounts of globe & smart especially to the this one as well: http://www.yugatech.com/the-internet/korea-to-have-10gbps-internet-speed-ph-still-at-2-5mbps/

  16. 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.

  17. Alter Ego says:

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

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