Average 4G LTE Speed in the Philippines is Faster than in the US, According To OpenSignal Report

Data gathered by OpenSignal through their mobile application for iOS and Android devices show that the average LTE mobile connection speed in the Philippines is actually faster than in the United States -- but there's a catch.

LTE Philippines

Backed by information from over 11 million users around the world, OpenSignal's report revealed that the average download speed in the Philippines over 4G LTE is 8 Mbps, which is right smack in between that of Japan (9Mbps) and the United States (7Mbps).

The fastest average download speed can be experienced in Spain (18 Mbps) while the slowest is in Saudi Arabia with but 3 Mbps. In Asia, LTE is most speedy or at its best in South Korea where users get average download speeds of 17 Mbps; Taiwan comes in second at 14 Mbps.

LTE Philippines

One could see the 8 Mbps average LTE download speed in the Philippines as at par with what some network providers in first world countries are giving their subscribers - and that might sound relieving to some - but here's the thing, the same report also shows that mobile consumers in the Philippines only get LTE speeds 37% of the time, which puts us at the very bottom of the list along with Argentina.

According to OpenSignal [source], "Coverage is most important where users actually spend their time, especially for LTE (as it provides a layer of service that is non-essential for emergencies, unlike voice or basic internet connection). Our metric looks at the proportion of time a user has access to the LTE network, which gives a more accurate look at how real-world users are being served by their provider. For 'Time on LTE' we see South Korea as having comfortably the best coverage globally, with all three of its networks at the top of the global ranking. LG U+ ranks the best of all of our eligible networks, with its users experiencing 99% time on 4G LTE. In the United States, Verizon performs best, with its 4G users having access to the network 85.9% of the time, with Sprint some way behind the other US networks."

Personally, as an LTE subscriber in the Philippines, I believe that the findings of this study is very promising for all Pinoy mobile consumers. I mean, the fact that our average LTE speeds can stand shoulder to shoulder with that of Japan and the United States (given all of their resources) is already big for me. The challenge, really, is for our network providers to improve their coverage or to let subscribers stay on their LTE network more. And given that Smart Communications - in particular - is continuously building infrastructure to boost its services, I'm very optimistic that eventually (hopefully, sooner than later) we can join Taiwan and South Korea at the top echelon when it comes to both Time on LTE and average speeds. Again, this is a challenge for our networks more than anything and I hope they take it on with conviction and the desire to put the Philippines ahead of everyone else.