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Globe Outranks Others in LTE Speed and Coverage

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I got a press release from Globe Telecom with the titles “Providing fastest mobile internet service in the Philippines” and “OpenSignal: Globe outpaces competition in LTE speed, coverage”, together with a screenshot of many countries, including the Philippines, and between the two competing networks in the LTE category. See below:

I’ve been using OpenSignal for more than a year and I’ve known that as a fact – Globe outpaces Smart in LTE speed and coverage. In fact, from where I live, Globe outpaces everyone in all types of networks: 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE).

Below are my screenshots of using OpenSignal from where I am – Bonifacio Global City – using OpenSignal in all networks on all network types. On the left is how my OpenSignal is set up, the middle shows you the coverage and the right shows you who is outperforming who.

Now, if I use the network type 4G (LTE), only two network providers emerge – Globe and Smart – and it clearly shows (again) who’s outperforming who.

Going back to the press release, Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, notes that a third of the company’s 48.4 million Globe mobile customers are now using smartphones. As part of Globe’s aggressive LTE rollout, the Globe network’s mobile ultra-broadband access in Visayas and Mindanao were expanded, utilizing the LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies. 4G LTE is the most relevant mobile network technologies, offering much higher bandwidth, lower latency even as it increases overall network capacity. This allows customers to use more applications on their mobile devices.

Globe Telecom is expected to spend $850 million by the end of this year, which includes all the LTE network expansion it has been undergoing. Capital expenses is now at P11.4 billion which includes investments in broadband network, capacities for wireless data, LTE, domestic and international transmission facilities. A significant portion of this were also allotted for its IT infrastructure to create platforms for new products as well as to build on its IT transmission initiatives.

OpenSignal is a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping. The company crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. Consumers can view the crowdsourced data either online or in-app in the form of colour-coded maps that aid purchasing decisions by showing unbiased data from different carriers side-by-side. In 2013 OpenSignal was named the “Most Innovative Mobile Company in UK” by UK Trade & Investment. In August 2014, OpenSignal raised a $4 million Series A investment from Qualcomm Ventures, OATV and Passion Capital.

You can download OpenSignal from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store through its website www.opensignal.com for free.

Sources: Globe Telecom Press Release | Wikipedia | OpenSignal.com

Images from Globe Telecom | OpenSignal.com

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