Smart tops Ookla’s best mobile coverage test

PLDT’s wireless mobile service Smart Communications Inc. has maintained its position for providing the best mobile coverage in the Philippines, based on the independent report by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence

In a statement, Smart said that based on user-generated tests and scans made by Ookla in 2.3 million devices across 671,510 locations in the country, PLDT’s wireless arm maintained the Best Mobile Coverage category for the first and second quarters of the current year, after it achieved a coverage score of 794, surpassing its closest competitor’s coverage score of 732.

Smart said the coverage score captures both the number of locations in which an operator offers service (its footprint) and the quality of service in each location.

Ookla said in their report that from the scans from Smart subscribers, a total of 99 percent had general service, while 90.8 percent had 4G or fourth generation service.

“This new citation not only reinforces Smart’s network superiority but also reflects our strong commitment to continuously improve our network so we can deliver a world-class mobile experience to our customers,” said Francis Flores, senior vice president and head of Consumer Business Group-Individual.

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“Having the Best Mobile Coverage means our subscribers nationwide can truly rely on Smart to connect online and achieve more in our fast-paced, hyperconnected world — whether for work, school, e-commerce, social media or entertainment,” he added.