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While the country may have got 4G LTE as early as 2011, networks in the Philippines aren't as fast as other Asian countries.
Following an earlier report on the state of LTE in the US, OpenSignal says the island state has improving coverage and data speeds comparable or better than South Korea.
The partnership with Russian carrier MegaFon for a prototype network timed for the soccer competition should help pave the way to faster mobile networking than today's fourth-generation tech.
Opera Software's newest browser for Apple's mobile OS incorporates a data-compression feature to cut down on video problems. It's also tuned for new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens.
Tests show the company's next-gen network technology to be seven times faster than in 2013 -- and works with moving vehicles. There's still no industrywide 5G standard, though.
LTE will run on 1.8 billion devices by 2019, predicts Juniper Research, representing 22 percent of global active connections.
Rumored handset will reportedly deliver downloads speeds of up to 225Mbps, three times faster than conventional LTE.
Years into their transition to newer LTE mobile phone networks, carriers' progress in serving their customers more of the time is offset by lower data rates for many.
Download rates dropped 32 percent in the United States, according to data from 6 million people using OpenSignal's network-monitoring app. 4G looks better in South Korea, Japan, Sweden.
A new app from Mosaik Solutions lays out 4G maps by carrier.