June 24, 2018, 1:26 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02912 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
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1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.74709 Liberian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.69466 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25241 South African Rand
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 Zimbabwe dollar

Aggressive expansions drive PH internet speed

Aggressive network expansion by Smart Communications, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. has improved mobile data speeds across the country. 

The OpenSignal survey, which measured the performance of operators in major Asian markets, showed the average Smart Long-Term Evolution(LTE) download speed across the Philippines was 12.7 megabits per second (Mbps), up 38.5 percent from the same period a year ago, and ahead of its competitor’s 7.5 Mbps.

PLDT Inc. unit Smart set the pace nationwide in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to OpenSignal, a wireless coverage research firm.

The survey results also showed that Smart LTE speeds ranked 28th, while its competitor placed 40th out of 43 operators included in the rankings, which included operators from Singapore, South Korea, Japana nd Taiwan.

Smart LTE speeds led the way in all the regions of the country: 13.3 Mbps in the National Capital Region (NCR), 12 Mbps in Visayas, 12.8 Mbps in South Luzon, 14.7 Mbps in Mindanao and 11.4 Mbps in North Central Luzon, compared to its competitor’s 8.5 Mbps, 6.6 Mbps, 6.4 Mbps, 7.9 Mbps and 7 Mbps, respectively.

Based on the results, Smart led in terms of network responsiveness, with its LTE service posting lower latency nationwide. Network latency measures how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. 

“These results are proof that our multi-year investments in network improvements are paying off. By continuously expanding our LTE networks, we are bringing a faster and more responsive network to our customers across the country,” said Mario Tamayo, PLDT and Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering.

OpenSignal noted Smart LTE in the Visayas registered the biggest improvement, with speeds now at 12 Mbps, up 62.38 percent from the same period a year ago.    

In Mindanao, Smart LTE registered 14.7 Mbps, even higher speeds than the national averageand ahead of the competitor’s 7.9 Mbps.

The results also showed that Smart is widening its lead in LTE speeds in NCR, where LTE availability is now around 75 percent, and where Smart LTE speeds have improved to 13.3 Mbps, up 33.13 percent from the same period a year ago.  

“PLDT and Smart are leading the way toward world-class mobile internet connectivity in the Philippines,” said Eric Alberto, PLDT Group chief revenue officer. 

“Our continuous efforts at upgrading our network enables us to offer a wider array of digital services and life solutions, make the best video, social media and gaming experience more accessible to our customers as their trusted digital partner, and improve the business of our partner-retailers,” Alberto added.

Meanwhile, Globe has deployed close to 1,700 LTE sites across the country to date using the 700 megahertz frequency obtained from San Miguel Corp. following the acquisition of the latter’s telecom business. 

Globe said aggressive deployment of LTE 700 sites has led to an improvement in the country’s mobile speeds. 

Speedtest results for January this year showed that mobile download speed in the Philippines improved to 12.55 Mbps, from 9.34 Mbps in January 2017, with upload speed increasing to 5.86 Mbps, from 4.68 Mbps a year earlier.

Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, said Globe is ramping up network investments to maximize the available spectrum allocated to it to further improve customer experience. 

Last year, Globe deployed more than 1,000 LTE sites on the 700 MHz frequency.

Aside from the 700 MHz frequency, Globe also acquired additional frequency allocation in the 2600 MHz band from San Miguel, allowing it to expand coverage and enhance capacities.

The company also rolled out close to 2,000 sites on the 2600 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. 

Majority of the company’s LTE 700, LTE 2600 and L1800 sites were deployed in densely populated areas, mainly in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao where a high number of customers are on LTE-capable devices.

“We are already getting close to providing the entire Metro Manila with seamless LTE coverage amid customers’ growing requirement for bandwidth-intensive multi-media content,” Agustin said.

“As the need for bandwidth is likely to increase further moving forward, the aggressive use of 700 MHz and other spectrum allocation will enable us to stay ahead of the demand curve,” he added.

Using the 2600 MHz, Globe fired up around 170 massive MIMO sites. Massive MIMO technology enables a mobile network to multiply the capacity of a wireless connection without requiring more antennas. The technology thus increases wireless throughput, accommodating more users at higher data rates with better reliability while consuming less power.  
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