Friday, July 14, 2023

PLDT and Smart celebrate Ookla Speedtest Award ™ Wins

PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio recently met with Stephen Bye, President and CEO of Ookla®, a division of Ziff Davis, and other executives from the company, in a courtesy visit on July 13 in the Philippines.

This marks another milestone in PLDT, Smart, and Ookla’s long-standing partnership aimed at helping to improve the quality of internet experience in the Philippines and assisting PLDT and Smart in their efforts to be the premier broadband and mobile service providers in the country. Also gracing the event were PLDT Network Head Eric Santiago, FVP and Head of PLDT Home Jeremiah de la Cruz, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual Francis E. Flores, Mitch Locsin, First Vice President and Head of Enterprise and International Business Groups at PLDT and Smart, Tom Opaczyk, Head of APAC for Ookla, and Mohammad Salman, Technical Account Manager for Ookla’s Philippines Operations.

In the same event, Smart was also awarded once more Ookla’s Speedtest Award™ for the Best Mobile Network in the Philippines for Q1-Q2 2023, successfully achieving a ‘three-peat’ following Smart’s back-to-back citation as the Philippines’ Best Mobile Network for Q1-Q2 2022 and Q3-Q4 2022. To earn these citations, a mobile operator must lead in two crucial Ookla Speedtest Awards categories, namely Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage, for the same periods.

Recently, PLDT also won the Speedtest Award for Fastest Fixed Network 5 years in a row, a first for the Philippines.

“True to our Purpose at PLDT Group, I am proud of how we are able to evolve with our customers’ increasingly digital lifestyles and enable meaningful connections – as attested by our awards from Ookla. As the driving force behind these recognitions, our Fixed, Mobile, and Enterprise customers can rest assured that they can count on us to continuously provide them with the best network possible," Panlilio said.

"We extend our sincere congratulations to PLDT for their remarkable 5-year streak of winning the Speedtest Award for Fastest Fixed Network, and to Smart for their outstanding achievement of winning the Speedtest Award for Best Mobile Network three times in a row,”  said Bye. “These notable victories demonstrate both companies' unwavering commitment to improving connectivity in the market and providing consumers with the best internet experience. This recognition reaffirms their industry leadership and dedication to improving the future of connectivity in the Philippines."

PLDT and Smart's continuous initiatives to enhance their integrated fixed and wireless networks are part of the Group's aspirational multi-year transformation, which identifies leveling up customer experience as among the key priorities.

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