By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent

MANILA — OpenSignal’s first State of Mobile Video Report ranked the Philippines 67th out of 69 countries surveyed, placing it at the bottom in terms of over-all video experience and download speed.

The London-based independent firm gave the Philippines a score of 34.98 or a poor rating based on its category.

“India, Iran and the Philippines, fell below the Fair threshold into Poor territory (0-40), where the typical consumer experience is characterized by frequent stalling during video playback and long loading times even for low-resolution video,” the Report said.

Topping the best video-resolution list was the Czech Republic with a score of 68.52 while South Korea ranked first in terms of download speed.

In a report by GMA News, in terms of over-all speed, the Philippines ranked third from last – or 67th out of 69 countries surveyed – with a speed of 6.03 Mbps.

“We define over-all speed as the average mobile data connection a user experiences based on both the speeds and availability of a country’s 3G and 4G networks,” the firm said, noting that “over-all download speed measurements vary considerably from country to country, depending on their particular stage of 3G and 4G development.”

“…a country with fast LTW speeds but low 4G availability might have a much lower overall speed,” it added.

Norway and Southeast Asian country Singapore completed the top three following South Korea, with speeds of up to 45.59Mbps and 38.11 Mbps, respectively.

The survey, which was conducted from May 14 to August 11, 2018, based on its analysis has found that “video experience and connection speed are linked in countries where speeds are relatively slow but once a country passes the 15 Mbps threshold in average over-all download speed, the raw power of connections has little bearing on streaming video quality.”

It also noted that “no country achieved the highest video experience rating of excellent.”

“Eleven of the 69 countries we analyzed earned a Very Good rating on OpenSignal’s video experience scale, meaning mobile video loaded quickly and rarely stalled even at higher resolutions. But even among those elite nations there is still room for improvement,” it said.

“European countries tended to out-perform the rest of the world in mobile video experience. Not only did an EU nation top our list but of the 11 countries that earned a Very Good score, nine of them were in Europe,” it added.

PH remains next to last in 4G speeds, availability in ASEAN
In another report by Rappler, based on OpenSignal’s 4G study last March 2018, which compares mobile network speeds and availability in the country to the rest of the world, it said not a lot has changed since their last report six months ago.

The Report said it is still a “two-horse race” with consumers still “stuck” picking between lobe’s wider 4G accessibility or Smart’s faster LTE speeds.

According to the Report, “Globe retains the top spot with a 67.46 percent availability rating versus the 59.68 percent from Smart. Both, however, still fall short of the target 70 percent availability that suggest a maturing LTE coverage.”

“Smart, on the other hand, takes the crown for faster LTE with an average download speed of 12.48 Mbps versus Globe’s 7.69 Mbps. Globe barely improved its speeds since the last test and is now lagging behind Smart with a near 1.9Mbps improvement from their previous average of 10.6 Mbps. In terms of latency, Smart’s quicker 47.2 millisecond network responsiveness beats Globe’s 60.7 milliseconds,” the Report noted according to Rappler.

“While the two carriers may be doing battle with each other, as a whole, the Philippines offered significantly worse LTE speeds and availability than most other countries in the world,” the Report added, citing the country ranked second to last in terms of both average 4G speed and availability compared to its ASEAN neighbors.

“Only Indonesia has a slower average speed of 8.9 Mbps beside the 9.5 Mbps of the Philippines. The local average LTE availability of 63.7 percent, meanwhile, just barely nosed out Myanmar’s 62.5 percent rating,” the Report noted.

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