Smart Communications, Inc. has hit a new milestone as Ookla, the global leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights, has declared the telco as the Philippines’ Fastest and Best Mobile Network in its latest report.
The Best Mobile Network citation is a rare distinction as it has only been given by the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence to approximately 20 mobile operators in the world.
Smart is the first and only Philippine mobile operator to clinch the award since Speedtest started in 2017.
To earn this citation, a mobile operator must lead in two crucial Ookla Speedtest Awards categories—Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage—within the same test period.
The Q1-Q2 2022 report of Ookla’s Speedtest Awards reveals that Smart garnered a Speed Score of 62.22, while its closest competitor got a Speed Score of 32.48.
To bag this category, Smart posted a median download speed of 24.26 Mbps and a median upload speed of 6.59 Mbps, while its closest competitor posted a median download speed of 17.47 Mbps and a median upload speed of 6.43 Mbps.
Smart also dominated the Best Mobile Coverage category with a coverage score of 794, surpassing its closest competitor’s score of 732. Coverage score captures both the number of locations in which an operator offers service (its footprint) and the quality of service in each location.
“Being the first Philippine mobile services provider to be declared as the ‘Best Mobile Network’ is a huge honor for Smart. This inspires us in our mission to provide better connectivity for our customers as we all adapt to a digitally empowered lifestyle,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT and Smart President and CEO.
“We aim to enable the life of every Filipino. This aligns with our nation-building efforts as we also support the government’s aspiration to digitalize the country,” Panlilio added.