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Philippines still ranks near bottom for 4G LTE speeds and availability

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OpenSignal released its latest crowdsourced 4G LTE report for June, and the data doesn’t look good for India and the Philippines. South Korea is doing better than ever, however.

Compared to the data we looked over last November, 4G LTE mobile data has been experiencing greater availability and speeds around the world, but that’s a given with the growing ubiquity of the technology. Check out the graphs below to see how each country ranks worldwide:


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Based on data collected from over 550,000 devices from January 1 to March 31, 2017, there’s no beating around the bush on how to approach these findings.

Here are our most noteworthy observations for Asian nations:

South Korea continues to dominate

Ranking on top for 4G availability (96.38 percent) and second for 4G speeds (43.46Mbps), South Korea is once again the destination for nationwide mobile data convenience. Only Singapore was able to best South Korea with slightly faster connectivity (45.62Mbps), but remember that the former has only a tenth of the latter’s population, making the airwaves less congested.

The Philippines ranks in the bottom five for both

The Southeast Asian archipelago is once again near the bottom for both 4G availability (52.77 percent) and average speed (8.59Mbps). This is no better than the showing the Philippines had last year, when it was also at the bottom of the barrel for each chart. However, there are still marginal improvements: The republic previously had an availability of only 44.8 percent and average speed of 7.27Mbps.

India improved in one aspect, failed the other

The most interesting information is India’s rise and fall for each statistic. The country now has a 4G availability of 81.56 percent, which is a great improvement over the 71.6 percent from last November. Unfortunately, the average 4G speed didn’t experience the same boost. In fact, the average speed went down to 5.14Mbps from the 6.39Mbps we saw last time — you can barely call that faster than the average 3G speed of 4.4Mbps.

4G LTE is steadily improving, but 5G is fast approaching

It’s easy to forget, but 4G LTE came out when 3G and its advancements didn’t fully mature yet. The same case may be happening soon, with companies like Qualcomm and Google already testing 5G connectivity in the United States. We have to hope that 4G and LTE technologies don’t go through the same fate, and that local mobile service providers maximize them before jumping on the newer generation.

SEE ALSO: LTE-A Explained

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Source: OpenSignal

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Huawei thinks about selling its 5G business

Will hopefully appease Western tensions

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Once again, Huawei is weighing all its options. As time rolls by, the company is slowly losing its grip on the Western market. Even after a temporary wave of full support, the US government has gone cold turkey. Huawei is still on the blacklist. In the meantime, the company’s temporary operating license is merely receiving extensions. Unfortunately, extensions don’t mean much without a definitive end.

Huawei is in dire straits. According to a recent interview with The Economist, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is mulling over a drastic move: selling its 5G business to the highest bidder.


Throughout the entire controversy, Huawei’s detractors have often decried the company’s 5G technology as a potential security threat. According to the detractors, the Chinese government can seize control of the company at any time.

Hence, a potential sale can alleviate geopolitical pressures. If a sale is concluded, the purchasing customer will have access to the technology’s inner workings. The customer can check if the network does have a Chinese backdoor built into it. Further, they can tailor the technology in any way they want.

Since plans are plans, the Huawei boss still doesn’t have any potential customers in mind. Likewise, the company has not announced a price yet. If you’re eyeing your wallet for a huge purchase, you’ll have to wait for when Huawei announces the sale.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is still getting the Android 10 update

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Razer CEO goes all-in for gaming and esports in Singapore

A whopping SG$ 10 million over one full year

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The world of gaming and esports is rapidly growing within Southeast Asia. So much so, that one of its biggest victories for recognition on the world stage is its inclusion in the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year. Not only is esports part of the list of sports each SEA country will participate in, but it is also a medalled sport in the competition.

For Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, it is time to take esports in Singapore to the next level. Earlier today, he announced through his Facebook account that he is committing SG$ 10 million to fund gaming and esports programs in Singapore. He plans to fund all gaming and esports activities — including its esports athletes over the next 12 months. Citing his gratitude for the continuous support from the Singaporean government, he wants to “give back and do more” for the gaming community in Singapore.


Razer, the official esports partner for the 30th SEA Games will also dedicate a portion of its investment to gaming companies in Singapore. In addition, Tan plans to continually fund Singapore’s esports team — Team X that will be participating in the upcoming SEA Games. 

The company launched initial efforts earlier this month in preparation for the SEA Games with the Razer SEA Games esports Bootcamp. Partnering with one of the world’s top DotA 2 teams in Evil Geniuses, they hosted  and trained over five eSports teams across SEA countries. Apart from that, they also opened a new RazerStore in Las Vegas, one of the major hot spots for esports in the United States.

The company hopes to fully transition their initiatives by 2020, when they will officially move operations to their new Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore.

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Huawei in talks with Swiss-based ProtonMail for Gmail substitute

The Swiss firm also offers a VPN service

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Huawei and Google have finally split ways. After months of uncertainty, Huawei has finally confirmed the first Google-less smartphone. Unlike its predecessors, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will ship without Google’s officially licensed products. That said, a pressing question remains: what will replace Google in Huawei’s devices?

The Chinese company has already discussed several alternatives including an open-source version of Android. Huawei’s most compelling alternative is its in-house software, Harmony OS. Currently, Harmony OS is in development in preparation for an eventual application for mobile devices. However, despite the seemingly positive developments, Huawei has lacked something critical: a new ally.


So far, Huawei’s potential solutions are either developed in-house or still clinging on to the Android ecosystem. Fortunately, Huawei’s lone battles are coming to an end.

The company is now discussing a potential partnership with an unlikely ally: the Switzerland-based ProtonMail. Notably, Switzerland is a neutral territory, allowing Swiss companies like ProtonMail to do business with Huawei.

In an official blog post, the Swiss company has extended support for Huawei’s official app store, AppGallery. According to a Bloomberg interview with the company’s founder, “what [Huawei sees] from [ProtonMail] is having an alternative to Google in case they can’t offer Google anymore.”

“As Huawei devices are especially popular in developing countries where Proton has many users, publishing on the Huawei AppGallery could become essential to continue supporting these user communities,” according to the blog post.

Additionally, ProtonMail has commented on Google’s shadier practices. “Google doesn’t respect users’ privacy,” the post further said. The company has notoriously gone off against Google in the past.

In contrast, ProtonMail offers an email service with end-to-end encryption and open-source cryptography. The company also offers an accessible VPN service called ProtonVPN. The company’s founder, Dr. Andy Yen, has continuously advocated for stricter privacy in digital communication. His team aims to add ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive to their products in the future.

UPDATE [09/10/19]: ProtonMail has posted a follow-up blog post explaining the situation. Despite the emailing service’s support for Huawei’s AppGallery, both companies are not currently pursuing an official partnership with each other.

SEE ALSO: Huawei announces flagship Kirin 990 processor

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