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5G download speeds in PH 10 times faster than 4G – Opensignal

Network performance analytics firm Opensignal observed a tenfold increase in download speeds in the Philippines, comparing newer 5G connections to 4G.

"Emerging markets see some of the biggest jumps in mobile experience with 5G," wrote analysis team lead Ian Fogg in an Opensignal blog post.

"In Thailand, our mobile users see 5G Download Speed 13.4 times faster than the 4G Download Speed – the greatest increase in the world – with Philippines second with 10.1 times and Saudi Arabia third."

The Philippines recorded average 5G download speeds of 117.2 Mbps:

Opensignal

Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Ireland rounded out the top 5, seeing increases of 8.8, 7.7, and 7.3 times over 4G download speeds:

Opensignal

South Korea currently has the highest average 5G download speed at 354.4 Mbps followed by the United Arab Emirates (292.2 Mbps), Taiwan (272.2 Mbps), Saudi Arabia (264.7 Mbps) and Australia (250.5 Mbps). Thailand is in the top 10 with speeds of 162.3 Mbps:

Opensignal

While the Philippines is second to Thailand in 5G vs 4G download speed improvement, the former ranks the highest globally in terms of video experience improvement, with a 77.1 score – a 40% improvement over its 4G video experience score.

Thailand, at second place, recorded a 29% improvement over its 4G video experience score. Hong Kong and Poland both saw 14% improvements while the United Arab Emirates saw an improvement of 13%.

The study covered the period October 1, 2020 to December 29, 2020.

The availability of 5G is still limited globally. Kuwait, which topped the 5G availability score, has 5G connections active for its 5G users – meaning they both have a 5G device and a 5G subscription – 29.8% of the time. South Korea is second at 24.7% of the time, while 10th placer Brazil has 5G connections active 11.2% of the time.

In terms of the amount of locations where 5G is present, South Korea and Hong Kong topped the list with a 5.6 score, with Kuwait (5.2), USA (4.6), and the Netherlands rounding out the top 5 (4.4).

In the Philippines, Smart says it has 5G available in "strategic sites in Metro Manila, Boracay, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, New Clark City in Pampanga, and Rizal" while Globe has 5G services in "1,045 areas in the country." – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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