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The global report on mobile video experience from analytics company OpenSignal is in. And if there’s one result that we saw first, it’s that the Philippines is at the bottom of the heap — of the 69 countries analyzed from May 14 to August 11 this year, specifically.

Country comparison: Mobile video streaming 2018 by OpenSignal on Revu Philippines

Analyzed countries compared

The Philippines scored 34.98 from the video-experience metric OpenSignal derived from an ITU [International Telecommunications Union]-based approach for determining video quality. The score computation takes into account the picture quality, video loading time, and stall rate. An experience score between 75 and 100 is excellent; between 65 and 75, very good; between 55 and 65, good; between 40 and 55, fair; and between 0 and 40, poor.

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However, the more interesting data we saw was Smart Communications’ score of 42.21. It’s not so much that it’s higher than Globe Telecom’s 29.22. It’s that it’s even better than two U.S. carrier’s respective points — AT&T’s 40.88 and Sprint’s 41.10. Take note that a fast internet-connection speed doesn’t necessarily translate into better mobile-video streaming, according to OpenSignal.

Smart vs Globe: Mobile video streaming 2018 by OpenSignal on Revu Philippines

Smart vs Globe: Mobile video streaming

AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile vs Verizon: Mobile video streaming 2018 by OpenSignal on Revu Philippines

And in the US… AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile vs Verizon

The last time we were in the United States, we used AT&T’s network. And mobile streaming at the time was definitely way better than our experience with any of the telcos in the Philippines. But everything might have changed in 2018.

In the country, our mobile video experience when on Smart’s network is about the same as when we are on Globe’s. Again, this is our experience and might be different for you guys. After all, this particular OpenSignal study was based on 892,195,891 measurements and 74,823 devices. Ours is just a mere speck — if our unit (or units?) were even part of it.

But let us know your thoughts. Join our poll, or better yet, sound off in the comments below. It would help to let us know where you’re located.

Which network has given you a better mobile video experience so far?
Let us know!

Visit this page to see the other results of OpenSignal’s report. The one on East Asia can be found here. For the US, check this out.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 18 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.