Mobile metrics firm Opensignal has released its latest report analyzing the 4G download speeds that users experienced in the Philippines throughout the hours of the day and across the multiple regions.
The fastest 4G download speeds are between 3:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m, falling significantly in the morning, then continues to gradually decrease across the rest of the day — reaching the slowest speeds in the evening — before finally jumping back up in the middle of the night.
Users in all regions in the country experienced 17 Mbps or more in 4G download speed, and that at quiet times no single region shone over the others. However, as people wake up and more devices access 4G networks, users in the NCR region experienced twice as fast 4G download speeds than in Visayas and Mindanao, and 4 Mbps faster than in the rest of Luzon.
Opensignal’s data showed that mobile congestion is a nationwide challenge in the Philippines, though mobile networks in the capital appear to cope better with heavy usage at busy times. When mobile networks were most congested, NCR users on average experienced 10.4 Mbps in 4G download speed — a significantly faster speed than in the rest of the country. At the slowest time, Luzon users experienced less than 6 Mbps in 4G download speed, while Visayas and Mindanao users saw their speed drop below 5 Mbps.
Local smartphone users experienced large fluctuations in 4G download speeds across the hours of a day. Users in the NCR region experienced the smaller variation with 12 Mbps between fastest and slowest 4G download speeds, while users in North and Central Luzon experienced the greatest range with a difference of 15.7 Mbps between quiet and busy times.