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==== '''Coverage and speed''' ====
 
==== '''Coverage and speed''' ====
The Philippines has long been notorious for having one of the slowest internet connections in the world and mobile internet is no exception. Overall, a report suggests that download speeds are at average 7.0 Mbps download and 2.2 Mbps upload.[https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/05/31/1922252/philippines-among-slowest-mobile-internet-speed-worldwide]  Specifically, as at March 2019, Smart has much higher speeds at 9 Mbit/s DL and 3.2 Mbit/s UL compared to Globe with 5.5 Mbit/s DL und 1.7 Mbit/s UL on average.
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The Philippines has long been notorious for having one of the slowest internet connections in the world and this is felt in mobile internet. Overall, a report suggests that download speeds are at average 7.0 Mbps download and 2.2 Mbps upload.[https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/05/31/1922252/philippines-among-slowest-mobile-internet-speed-worldwide]
   
2G covers all inhabited islands but is practically useless for data transmission (even for WhatsApp) because of congestion. On 3G you only get data speeds comparably to other southeast Asian countries in Manila and a few provincial capitals. Generally the 3G coverage is somewhat patchy and speeds are often quite poor. 4G/LTE coverage isn't nationwide and mostly exists in greater urban areas so far. In fact, Open Signal writes that 4G is only available to 72.4% of the country.[https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/05/31/1922252/philippines-among-slowest-mobile-internet-speed-worldwide] Both Globe and Smart have pledged to cover 95% of population with 4G/LTE by the end of 2018.
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2G covers all inhabited islands but is practically useless for data transmission (even for WhatsApp) because of congestion. On 3G you only get data speeds comparably to other southeast Asian countries in Manila and a few provincial capitals. Generally the 3G coverage is somewhat patchy and speeds are often quite poor. 4G/LTE coverage isn't nationwide and mostly exists in greater urban areas so far. In fact, Open Signal writes that 4G is only available to 72.4% of the country.[https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/05/31/1922252/philippines-among-slowest-mobile-internet-speed-worldwide] Both Globe and Smart have pledged to cover 95% of population with 4G/LTE by the end of 2018.
   
 
In the Philippines, there is a constant dispute, which network is better: Globe or Smart? By international or regional standards, both of them remain pretty bad. The problem is: you never can tell. On most places (outside of Metro Manila) only one network is useable for data and this changes regionally. For instance, on Boracay, Philippines' premier summer vacation spot, it's Smart. While on Baguio City, the country's summer capital, it's mostly dominated by Globe and Smart's signal is weaker.
 
In the Philippines, there is a constant dispute, which network is better: Globe or Smart? By international or regional standards, both of them remain pretty bad. The problem is: you never can tell. On most places (outside of Metro Manila) only one network is useable for data and this changes regionally. For instance, on Boracay, Philippines' premier summer vacation spot, it's Smart. While on Baguio City, the country's summer capital, it's mostly dominated by Globe and Smart's signal is weaker.
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In 2016 the Philippines House of Representatives has requested Smart and Globe to explain, why the Filipino people 'are not receiving the quality of service that they deserve'. Smart and Globe will also have to 'show why they should have the privilege to keep their franchises despite the same'. The new controversial president Duterte has now threatened to break up the duopoly in the wake of persistent criticism of the Philippines’ slow and expensive internet services: 'If you do not do it right, you wait, I’m going to China. I’ll open up everything for competition. I’ll just open up everything,' the president warned. So we might soon see Chinese companies competing on the Philippino market.
 
In 2016 the Philippines House of Representatives has requested Smart and Globe to explain, why the Filipino people 'are not receiving the quality of service that they deserve'. Smart and Globe will also have to 'show why they should have the privilege to keep their franchises despite the same'. The new controversial president Duterte has now threatened to break up the duopoly in the wake of persistent criticism of the Philippines’ slow and expensive internet services: 'If you do not do it right, you wait, I’m going to China. I’ll open up everything for competition. I’ll just open up everything,' the president warned. So we might soon see Chinese companies competing on the Philippino market.
   
In the meantime travelling through the Philippines you may think of getting two SIM cards like locals do. The start-up price is minimal and you can always try which operator works (better) at your place. This leaves you with the problem which SIM card to load up for data.
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In the meantime travelling through the Philippines you may think of getting two SIM cards like locals do. The start-up price is minimal and you can always try which operator works (better) at your place. This leaves you with the problem which SIM card to load up for data.
   
 
In 2017 the search for a third and possibly fourth operator is under way. The new entrant to be selected needs to invest PHP 30 billion (US$ 596 million) in the first two years to deploy a network, and would need to build at least 2,000 to 3,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) nationwide to break the duopoly of Smart and Globe.
 
In 2017 the search for a third and possibly fourth operator is under way. The new entrant to be selected needs to invest PHP 30 billion (US$ 596 million) in the first two years to deploy a network, and would need to build at least 2,000 to 3,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) nationwide to break the duopoly of Smart and Globe.
   
 
In 2018 both operators launched massive 4G/LTE expansion programs to meet the target of the National Telecommunications Commission to provide 4G data services in 90-95% of the country’s cities and municipalities by the end of 2018.
 
In 2018 both operators launched massive 4G/LTE expansion programs to meet the target of the National Telecommunications Commission to provide 4G data services in 90-95% of the country’s cities and municipalities by the end of 2018.
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According to OpenSignal report of March 2019 both operators are now head to head with a 4G/LTE availability of 71% but Smart has much higher speeds at 9 Mbit/s DL and 3.2 Mbit/s UL compared to Globe with 5.5 Mbit/s DL und 1.7 Mbit/s UL on average.
   
 
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