Smart network gets Ookla’s nod

Smart Communications Inc. said on Sunday it still reigned supreme in Ookla’s latest mobile network awards, clinching once again the Philippines’s Fastest and Best Mobile Network Award for the second half of 2022.

Citing data from Ookla, PLDT Group Chief Transformation and Customer Advisor Emmanuel C. Lorenzana said Smart won both the Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage awards within the same reporting periods of Ookla.

Smart previously won the Best Mobile Network Award for the first half of 2022.

“These awards continue to inspire us to innovate and deliver leveled-up services to our customers across the country, in our quest to power their increasingly digital lifestyles, foster meaningful connections, and become the telco that our subscribers can truly count on,” he said.

Smart bagged the Fastest Mobile Network with a Speed Score of 62.3, while its closest competitor posted a Speed Score of 36.36. Smart posted a median download speed of 31.04 Mbps and a median upload speed of 6.8 Mbps, while its closest competitors posted a median download speed of 20.22 Mbps and a median upload speed of 5.13 Mbps.

The Pangilinan-led company also won the “Best Mobile Coverage” category with a Coverage Score of 795, surpassing its closest competitor’s Coverage Score of 757.

The Coverage Score captures both the number of locations in which an operator offers service and the quality of service in each location, according to Ookla.     The Fastest Mobile Network award is based on more than 2.9 million user-initiated tests, whereas the Coverage Award is based on over 3.4 million scan counts.

“Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla, are an elite designation reserved for the fastest and top-performing fixed broadband and mobile operators around the world,” Ookla CEO Doug Suttles said.

“It is our pleasure to present Smart with the award for Fastest Mobile Network, Best Coverage which gives Smart a high accolade of Best Mobile Network in the Philippines. This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q3-Q4 2022 based on Ookla’s rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest.”

Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group-Individual at Smart, attributed the company’s win to its aggressive network builds.

“Our relentless efforts at improving our network have enabled Smart to receive these accolades once again. This year, we will continue to empower Filipinos with Smart’s fastest speeds and widest coverage, and at the same time provide our Smart and TNT subscribers with value-packed offers and awesome experiences. We want to enable our subscribers to live more today and make the most of the moments that matter to them.”


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