PLDT’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. (Smart)’s best-rated mobile network has been recognized by a global benchmarking company.
For the third time in the last three years that the award has been given, Smart has clinched the top award from the infrastructure and benchmarking specialist umlaut, which is part of Accenture.
In awarding the “Best in Test” accolade, umlaut also cited Smart for having the best-rated upload speeds, download speeds, and latency experience.
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Germany-based umlaut said Smart posted an overall score of 801 out of a maximum of 1,000 points. The report, which included 985 million samples collected from May to October 2022, also showed Smart ahead in terms of mobile wireless voice, internet browsing, mobile video and gaming, and OTT messaging performances.
Smart’s score achievements include voice metrics (call set-up times and voice call quality), data, which cover uploads and download speeds, web browsing, and consistently good and reliable throughput across the country; and crowdsourced elements to check for the quality of coverage and reliability of sessions.
As of end-September, Smart had deployed 77,200 base stations, including 7,300 5G base stations and close to 40,000 4G/LTE base stations. Smart’s network covers 97% of the population with 3G, LTE, and 5G.
Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, the most extensive in the country. As of end-September, PLDT has expanded its total fiber footprint to about 1,091,000 kilometers, consisting of over 231,000 kilometers of international fiber and almost 860,000 kilometers of domestic fiber.