The 4G Internet in Brazil is one of the worst in the world, according to a study by OpenSignal, a company that monitors the performance of mobile operators. The country has few accessible networks, and is the sixth worst in availability. In addition, the speed of the connection obtained by Brazilians has dropped compared to the previous semester, now reaching the average range of 19.32 Mb / s.
The survey was carried out from January 1 to March 31, 2017, in 75 countries, where almost 560 thousand users downloaded the company’s app. It showed that sites that already showed good coverage and performance continue to grow, but regions with medium or bad Internet have not improved, or even dropped in the rankings.
4G Internet in Brazil is one of the worst in the world; speed and availability are average or bad in the country – Photo: Paulo Alves / dnetc
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In the case of Brazil, the availability of 4G, that is, how long users have access to fourth generation networks – not to mention geographical coverage – is the sixth worst among the 75 countries analyzed. The Brazilian Internet is second only to Pakistan, the Philippines, Ireland, Ecuador and Sri Lanka, according to the ranking released in June 2017. In last year’s survey, Brazil was better placed, in front of 15 territories.
South Korea and Japan are the main players in this regard. Both, for the third semester in a row, are the only ones with 4G networks more than 90% of the time. One of the curiosities in availability is India, which jumped from 24th place, last year, to 15th in this study. According to OpenSignal, the result is due to the investment of a company in the country, which created 100 million new users using LTE, even at low speeds.
Brazil is the 6th worst in availability; South Korea and Japan stand out – Photo: Reproduction / OpenSignal
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Even though it is not a sharp drop, Brazil lost points in terms of 4G LTE speed. Before with an average of 19.68 Mb / s, Brazilians now use the connection with 19.32 Mb / s. The country has not lost places in the ranking, but this scenario points out that greater investment in technology is needed, since territories classified as medium or bad tend not to grow or worsen.
Average speed in Brazil is 19.32 Mbps, mediated in relation to other countries – Photo: Reproduction / OpenSignal
At the top of the speed ranking, Singapore, South Korea, Hungary and Norway have rates of 40 Mbps or more, results that compete even with broadband wired connections in many developing countries, and it is possible that the first place reaches 50 Mbps in the coming months.
An interesting point to be analyzed in the category is the investment of countries like Hungary, Romania, Latvia and Lithuania in LTE-Advanced, a type of 4G that is still much faster than our 4G Plus. In addition to providing phones compatible with the technology, countries have also created networks for more speed, which resulted in a good ranking.
Countries with LTE-Advanced began to stand out at 4G speed in the world – Photo: Reproduction / OpenSignal
Despite the poor results in Brazil and other developing countries, the OpenSignal study revealed that in most of the 75 sites analyzed users are able to connect to 4G LTE more than 60% of the time. In addition, before, only 11 countries offered more than 80% availability, a range now occupied by 16 nationalities.
When comparing the worldwide average download speed of 4G with other wireless technologies, such as 3G and Wi-Fi, LTE stands out with 16.2 Mbps, while the second network on the list reaches only 8.8 Mbps.
4G LTE is the technology with the best download speed – Photo: Playback / OpenSignal