PH most improved in 5G video experience

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    The Philippines posted the biggest improvement globally on mobile internet speed and video experience with fifth generation (5G) technology, according to independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal.

    In its latest 5G Insight “Benchmarking the global 5G experience” which covered the period October 1 to December 29, 2020, Opensignal found that 5G video experience in the Philippines has improved by 40 percent than 4G.

    It topped the list of the world’s most improved countries in terms of 5G video experience, which also included Thailand, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Australia.

    5G download speed in the Philippines stood at 117.2 megabits per second (Mbps) which is 10.1 times better than 4G, overtaking the improvement of Australia and Hong Kong.

    “Emerging markets see some of the biggest jumps in mobile experience with 5G. In Thailand, our mobile users see 5G download speed 13.4 times faster than the 4G download speed – the greatest increase in the world – with Philippines second with 10.1 times and Saudi Arabia third,” Opensignal said.

    “For 5G to be relevant to mainstream mobile users, the latest mobile technology must offer an excellent and superior mobile network experience. In this analysis, we quantify just how good the 5G experience can be,” said Ian Fogg, Opensignal lead analyst.

    Meanwhile, PLDT Inc. wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. are aggressively ramping up 5G rollout in the country to further improve their services.

    Smart said it has invested over the years in providing customers with the best Long Term Evolution experience, which is the most pervasive in the Philippines right now in terms of both network and device.

    “This year, we said we will invest more than P90 billion for network investments, so that we can continue to improve customer experience,” said Alfredo Panlilio, Smart president and chief executive officer (CEO).

    Recently, Smart fired up 5G in Malacanang Park, where a recent internal test using a Smart 5G-certified handset showed Smart 5G speeds breaching 720 Mbps.

    These latest developments are part of Smart’s strategy in deploying 5G across the country.

    Smart, which launched its 5G service commercially in July, was the first to roll out Smart 5G nationwide.

    Smart said 5G has been embedded in its network planning over the past five years, conducting tests with 5G starting in 2016.

    Globe, for its part, said it continues to expand its 5G network, now covering 80 percent of Metro Manila. Continuous expansion is being done in key areas nationwide driven by the demand of the public for better connectivity.

    “We are inching closer to fulfilling the vision towards a #1stWorldNetwork. Creating a nation that thrives digitally begins with a robust network using the most advanced technologies and allowing our customers to fully experience our digital offers and solutions,” said Ernest Cu, Globe president and CEO.

    Globe was the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G for home back in 2019. Subsequently, the telco launched its 5G for mobile in 2020.