PH outpaces US in LTE download speed survey

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?State of Long Term Evolution (LTE)? report for the third quarter of 2015 by OpenSignal LTE monitoring app, the Philippines outpaced the United States and three other countries in LTE Download Speed ranking. opensignalnewsbytes The report indicated that Globe Telecom?s LTE download speed, which was rated at 10 Mbps, and Smart Communications’ 5 Mbps download speed boosted the Philippines ranking to 24th out of 28th surveyed countries, overtaking the US (25th), Kuwait (26th), Mexico (27th), and Saudi Arabia (28th). The combined LTE download speed of Globe and Smart put the average speed in the Philippines at 8Mbps. Globe?s LTE download speed is comparable to countries and territories?like Hong Kong?s Smart Tone, India?s Airtel, Norway?s Telenor and Network Norway, Portugal?s NOS, Indonesia?s Indosat, which all registered a 10 Mbps download speed, and even higher than the 8 Mbps download speed in Russia?s MTS, Malaysia?s DiGi and America?s AT&T, US Cellular, Sprint and C Spire Wireless. [caption id="attachment_28804" align="aligncenter" width="620"]opensignal2 Screen grab from[/caption] Spain has the overall fastest LTE mobile network speeds in the world with an average of 18 Mbps LTE service. Spanish network Vodafone ES came out the fastest of networks surveyed by OpenSignal with peak speeds of 25.2Mbps. In last year?s report, the fastest country, Australia, fell to 14th with all of the networks recording similar speeds between 12-15Mbps. LTE speeds in the United States ranked among the slowest in the world with T-Mobile as the overall fastest network for LTE. Saudi Arabia is the slowest country for LTE, with all three of its networks recording speeds below 5Mbps. The report ranked the countries as follows:

1. Spain 2. Norway 3. Netherlands 4. Finland 5. Italy 6. UK 7. South Korea 8. Taiwan 9. Poland 10. France 11. Hungary 12. Canada 13. Denmark 14. Australia 15. Hongkong 16. Germany 17. Sweden 18. Argentina 19. Japan 20. Brazil 21. Malaysia 22. Colombia 23. Russia 24. Philippines 25. USA 26. Kuwait 27. Mexico 28. Saudi Arabia

The other 96 countries with available LTE service were not included in the report due to OpenSignal?s small sample sizes. ?We have only included networks in this report where we feel that our data accurately represents the user experience,? the report said. [caption id="attachment_28803" align="aligncenter" width="620"]opensignal1 Screengrab from[/caption] The OpenSignal report also included an interactive map that shows the state of current LTE service worldwide. The map shows how LTE availability has spread globally since its introduction in Scandinavia back in 2010. In 2014, there were 76 countries with LTE service. This year, countries with LTE increased to 124. For ‘Time on LTE’ the report see South Korea as having the highest coverage globally, with all three of its networks at the top of the global ranking. LG U+ ranks the highest speed of all of our eligible networks, with its users experiencing 99% time on LTE. In the United States Verizon performs the highest, with its 4G users having access to the network 85.9% of the time, with Sprint some way behind the other US networks. The Philippines is among the countries with lowest LTE availability as Globe and Smart share the same 37% time on LTE, according to the survey. OpenSignal data is collected from consumer smartphones all around the world and is recorded under conditions of normal usage. ?Rather than approximate the user experience, it is directly measured from the users of OpenSignal smartphone application, which can be freely downloaded on both iOS and Android devices, and thus it is able to constantly monitor the true network experience that users are getting on those devices,? OpenSignal statement said. The OpenSignal app is designed enable surveys to observe the network exactly as the end user experiences it. ?Such customer-centric approach allows OpenSignal to measure the true end-to-end experience of the mobile network,? OpenSignal said. OpenSignal isolated the networks in the Philippines by extracting speed information sent with network IDs corresponding to the brands operational there and then perform a geographical query to isolate only those data points that have been captured within the region. The different brands have been identified by investigating the network names associated with the SIM in the reporting device and the network, which is serving the device.]]>

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