Brazil surprises in 4G download speed ranking in South America

We know that Brazil is not exactly a reference when it comes to the quality of the connection, especially in mobile networks, after all, we can not disregard the numerous complaints (although the number has fallen in recent years).

To our surprise, however, a recent report released by Opensignal revealed that the Brazilian user has one of the fastest 4G downloads in South America (!!!), reinforcing previous news.

Between 1 May and 30 July, the study compared download and upload speeds in the continent’s top 25 cities, as well as analyzing data from more than 500,000 devices.

As we can see in the graph above, Brazil tops the download speeds ranking with five of the six best cities; Porto Alegre and Brasilia (17.6 Mbps) have the best rates on the continent, followed by the only non-Brazilian city at the top of the list, Trujillo in Peru (16 Mbps).

São Paulo (15.6 Mbps), Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro (15.5 Mbps) appear below; Even with the great numbers, we cannot disregard the regional differences between the metropolises.

Cities in the North and Northeast, such as Salvador, Manaus, Recife and Fortaleza, for example, recorded much lower average speeds, far below the main cities in the South and Southeast, as you can also see in the following chart:

According to Kevin Fitchard, director of analytics at Opensignal:

These data show that Brazilian operators still need to consider an increase in investments to improve the mobile experience of North and Northeast users.

Speaking of the upload rate, Brazilian cities still leave much to be desired – Lima, Peru, for example, leads the ranking with an average of 7.2 Mbps, followed by Santiago (Chile), with 7 Mbps.

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Brasilia has the third best upload (6.7 Mbps) and followed by São Paulo (6.6 Mbps); Keep in mind that uploading is also important to the user experience, especially when using apps like Instagram or WhatsApp. In this regard, Fitchard adds:

Increasing numbers of subscribers, and in particular the amount of data they consume, can put a lot of strain on networks, causing congestion and slowing down.

Mobile operators also need to manage their often scarce resources and sometimes prioritize downlink channels to improve download speeds, compromising upload speeds.

In Venezuela, the speeds on the mobile network already leave much to be desired, with the cities of Maracaibo and Caracas presenting the worst results (both download and upload speed).

However, this is even understandable, seeing that the country is currently experiencing a deep economic and humanitarian crisis, so it is not exactly a surprise that most of its devices are still connected to 3G networks.

The full report of Opensignal’s research can be found on here.

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