Brazil ended the first half of the year with 4G Internet operating in more than 4,000 Brazilian municipalities, where about 94% of the population lives. The data are from Telebrasil – Brazilian Telecommunications Association. The expansion of the network represents a growth of 53% in the last 12 months.
But this expansion does not effectively represent the use of new technology. Although 118 million connections are already 4G, Brazil has more than 70 million devices that are still under 3G technology.
The US company Ookla, responsible for the Speedtest service that provides analysis of internet access performance metrics, conducted a study to evaluate the quality of the 4G internet in the countries of South America. Brazil ranked second, second only to Peru, which showed an average speed of 20Mbps (megabyte per second), while our country reached the average of 16.95 – about 0.7 more than the third place, Chile.
In the same study, the average speed of the 4G of the most populous cities of South America was evaluated. Among the 5 first places, only one of the cities is not Brazilian:
This makes us reflect if we would not be better positioned in the ranking if we could deliver a signal of quality throughout the national territory. But recent advances indicate that we are on the right path. This same study reveals that Brazil had the highest rate of service improvement compared to last year, increasing the average speed by 28.7%
Anatel reported in early August that it anticipated in a year the timeline for the deployment of 4G mobile networks in the 700 Mhz band in the Brazilian capitals. From now on the operators are authorized to work in all the state seats of the country in this frequency range. The good news is that this new band offers three times more speed than those that were being used, and does not require so much investment from the operators to spread the 4G signal.
Growth of the range and increase of 4G speed are encouraging data for an increasingly connected country. Let’s wait for next year’s ranking!