Slowest Internet? Philippines Takes Top Honors!

Oh So Slow…The Internet.

I know this is old news story for many of us that experience poor internet service here in the Philippines but, my question is though, has there been any improvement since? If there has, it hasn’t been noticible…not in my neck of the jungle anyway. What is really good about my provider, GLOBE Telecom? …their marketing and advertising is second to none!

The following article was written by last February (2014) and published in their Technology section

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is the country with the slowest connection and poorest coverage of LTE in the world, a phone application that measures internet speed said in a report.

According to the February 2014 report “State of the LTE” by OpenSignal Inc., the Philippines has the slowest LTE or Long Term Evolution connection among the 16 countries surveyed, with 5.3 Mbps (megabits per second), only next to the US with 6.5 Mpbs.

“Australia has the fastest average LTE speeds in the world, with the USA and the Philippines coming in the slowest of our qualifying countries,” the report read.

Among the networks, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications have one of the poorest coverage and slowest connection of LTE in the survey.

Globe Philippines was even described as “the worst performing network…” according to the study.

“The South Korean and Hong Kong networks perform extremely well for both metrics… Globe Philippines is the worst performing network,” the study read.

In terms of download speed, Smart is the slowest at 4.3 Mbps. Globe has 6.3 Mbps.

Smart is the fifth slowest and Globe is at seventh, relatively faster than the LTE connection in four telecommunication networks in the US.

In terms of coverage, or the proportion of time a user has access to LTE, the Philippines is the lowest among the 16 countries surveyed, with an average user having LTE access only 38 percent of the time.

Globe has the poorest LTE coverage among the 38 telecommunication networks worldwide, with its average user having LTE access only 38 percent of the time.

Smart, meanwhile, is the sixth with poorest coverage at 46 percent.

Reached for comment, Smart public affairs head Ramon Isberto told in a text message that they would have to read the report before commenting. Globe corporate communications head Yolanda Crisanto could not be reached as of posting time.

The study was based on data from the 6 million users of the application, OpenSignal said.

Australia is the country with the fastest LTE at 24.5 Mbps while Claro Brazil is the fastest LTE network at 27.8 Mbps.

South Korea has the best LTE coverage at 91 percent while Tele2 Sweden is the network with best coverage at 93 percent.
LTE or Long Term Evolution is designed to be 10 times the speed of its 3G counterparts for mobile devices, according to

Look at the Bright Side...We can only go UP from here!

Look at the Bright Side…Nowhere to go but UP!

I recently got one of the customer service people in the local Globe office to admit to having bandwidth problems, which I already suspected. The fix, she suggested, was for me to switch to a “Postpaid” account vs. “Prepaid” services, because postpaid has far fewer subscribers and has much lower traffic numbers, therefore resulting in faster speeds!  So I switched. Ha, joke lang on me! Actually though, while my speed has improved somewhat, the availability (or access) to the network seems to have diminished slightly.

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Don’t get left behind!

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