Slowest Internet? Philippines Takes Top Honors!

Oh So Slow…The Internet.

I know this is old news story for many of us that experience poor internet service here in the Philippines but, my question is though, has there been any improvement since? If there has, it hasn’t been noticible…not in my neck of the jungle anyway. What is really good about my provider, GLOBE Telecom? …their marketing and advertising is second to none!

The following article was written by last February (2014) and published in their Technology section

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is the country with the slowest connection and poorest coverage of LTE in the world, a phone application that measures internet speed said in a report.

According to the February 2014 report “State of the LTE” by OpenSignal Inc., the Philippines has the slowest LTE or Long Term Evolution connection among the 16 countries surveyed, with 5.3 Mbps (megabits per second), only next to the US with 6.5 Mpbs.

“Australia has the fastest average LTE speeds in the world, with the USA and the Philippines coming in the slowest of our qualifying countries,” the report read.

Among the networks, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications have one of the poorest coverage and slowest connection of LTE in the survey.

Globe Philippines was even described as “the worst performing network…” according to the study.

“The South Korean and Hong Kong networks perform extremely well for both metrics… Globe Philippines is the worst performing network,” the study read.

In terms of download speed, Smart is the slowest at 4.3 Mbps. Globe has 6.3 Mbps.

Smart is the fifth slowest and Globe is at seventh, relatively faster than the LTE connection in four telecommunication networks in the US.

In terms of coverage, or the proportion of time a user has access to LTE, the Philippines is the lowest among the 16 countries surveyed, with an average user having LTE access only 38 percent of the time.

Globe has the poorest LTE coverage among the 38 telecommunication networks worldwide, with its average user having LTE access only 38 percent of the time.

Smart, meanwhile, is the sixth with poorest coverage at 46 percent.

Reached for comment, Smart public affairs head Ramon Isberto told in a text message that they would have to read the report before commenting. Globe corporate communications head Yolanda Crisanto could not be reached as of posting time.

The study was based on data from the 6 million users of the application, OpenSignal said.

Australia is the country with the fastest LTE at 24.5 Mbps while Claro Brazil is the fastest LTE network at 27.8 Mbps.

South Korea has the best LTE coverage at 91 percent while Tele2 Sweden is the network with best coverage at 93 percent.
LTE or Long Term Evolution is designed to be 10 times the speed of its 3G counterparts for mobile devices, according to

Look at the Bright Side...We can only go UP from here!
Look at the Bright Side…Nowhere to go but UP!

I recently got one of the customer service people in the local Globe office to admit to having bandwidth problems, which I already suspected. The fix, she suggested, was for me to switch to a “Postpaid” account vs. “Prepaid” services, because postpaid has far fewer subscribers and has much lower traffic numbers, therefore resulting in faster speeds!  So I switched. Ha, joke lang on me! Actually though, while my speed has improved somewhat, the availability (or access) to the network seems to have diminished slightly.

Don't get left behind!
Don’t get left behind!

I do have two added advantages now though – I no longer have to load on a monthly basis, and second, I pay my post billing using Bitcoin ( online…AND receive a rebate. That in itself make me feel like I’m a little ahead of the game at least!

Visit my previous introductory article on Bitcoin.

3 thoughts on “Slowest Internet? Philippines Takes Top Honors!

  1. Ramon Isberto “…would have to read the report before commenting…” – ain’t it good know that that outsiders have to tell a company their problem even when their own customers have been telling them all along. But they likely not bother reading… that way they can continue to say “we didn’t know”. LOL
    For me in Cambodia, we be scrapping the bottom of the barrel and then the internet is routed through the nearly as inefficient Vietnam. At times I wonder if Cambodia’s nonexistent postal service would be faster.

  2. Whoa!!! The Philippines has won another prize, after having the worst traffic in the world, the worst airport, and now the worst internet.
    There is an Australian company interested in offering service in the Philippines, we will see if they will be allowed to do business here!

    As for Bitcoin, I have moved my coins to BitGold, which offers the same service, but my money is backed by gold that is held in a vault on my behalf, and allows me to pay using gold, with a credit card or ATM.

    great post


  3. Hi Marc, I’m hoping, along with thousands of others, that Telstra, Australia’s biggest telecom company enters the Philippines in the very near future. Rumors are that they will enter the Luzon market first. We will see.

    As far as Bitgold goes…here are some valid points. Bitgold is simply a fiat backed currency. With Bitgold, you have to place your trust in a third party, 1) The party that claims to actually have the gold it says it does, and 2) the government. Government and market forces can manipulate the price of gold. And what would happen to the value of Bitgold if the government decided to confiscate the gold (for whatever reason). Wouldn’t that make Bitgold worthless? It may or may not be a good hedge against inflationary forces.

    Points to remember with Bitcoin: There is NO Fiat currency – Bitcoin is backed entirely by math and its value does not need to be propped up by gold. Bitcoin’s own technology gives it value. Nobody is in control of Bitcoin and it works under the government’s radar. It’s not as easy to confiscate.

    Just these simple things create such a huge difference between the two value philosophies. Can you pay your Globe Telecom phone bill or load your phone with Bitgold? I can. And soon, I hope to be able to pay our electric and cable bills online using Bitcoin. There are already many Utility companies in the Philippines that accept it.

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