According to the latest independent report by Ookla*, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) provides the Best Mobile Coverage in the Philippines.
Ookla declared Smart the winner of the Best Mobile Coverage category for Q1-Q2 2022 after it achieved a Coverage Score of 794, surpassing its closest competitor’s Coverage Score of 732, based on user-generated tests and scans in 2.3 million devices across 671,510 locations in the country.
According to Ookla’s report, the Coverage Score captures both the number of locations where an operator provides service (its footprint) and the quality of service in each location.
According to Ookla, 99 percent of Smart subscribers had general service, while 90.8 percent had 4G service.
Reinforcing Smart’s network superiority
“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 E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual.
“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.
Value-packed data offers to empower subscribers
Smart’s Best Mobile Coverage award follows the launch of new value-packed offers designed to empower subscribers, particularly at a time when many are cutting back due to rising basic-goods prices.
Smart Prepaid recently launched Power All 99, which includes 8 GB of open access data, Unli TikTok, and Unli Texts to All Networks for a period of seven days for only Php99. TNT, Smart’s value brand, on the other hand, has launched Sulit Affordaloads, a collection of low-cost data plans that allow subscribers to connect online for as little as Php10.
Smart increased its base stations to 76,600 by March 2022 to support the constant growth of mobile data traffic. These base stations, which include approximately 7,300 5G base stations, serve customers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.
Prior to being named Best Mobile Coverage by Ookla, Smart dominated the April 2022 Mobile Network Experience Report by independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal**, which covered the most important aspects of service, particularly speed and experience.