Remember the days when people carried fold-out maps and friends wrote letters with pen and paper? Because I don’t but I’m starting to wonder whether my Argentine cell service sends a text faster or slower than snail mail.
OpenSignal, a data collecting company that uses information submitted by users, published its June 2016 study revealing that 4G LTE network coverage across Argentina has increased but overall speed has fallen due to more customers competing for the same resources. So I’ll still be waiting for Como Llego to tell me which bus I missed in more locations.
The good news is that 4G availability has increased since OpenSignal’s last study released in February, with all three Argentine operators (Claro, Movistar and Personal) passing the 40 percent mark in terms of the proportion of time LTE subscribers on each network have a 4G LTE connection available to them. Yup, just 40 percent. The average availability is still floating around 51 percent, which is no shift from the last OpenSignal study which evaluated services between October and December of last year.
According to OpenSignal’s findings, if you’re choosing between Argentina’s three networks, Movistar takes the cake for fastest-providing LTE signal 63 percent of the time. Movistar also comes in first for 4G availability and download speed. Movistar and Personal tie for fastest 3G and 4G download speed, both averaging at about 10 Mbps. Claro came in third for every category. Keep up, Claro.
Argentina just joined the world of LTE in December 2014 and has made large improvements in its services since but still remains behind its regional peers. The national average for 4G availability is 51 percent and the average for download speeds is 9Mbps. These numbers aren’t stellar when you compare them to Ecuador, where you’ll find the fastest speeds in South America at an average of 17 Mbps. Which is frustrating because how do I fake my knowledge on football if I can’t search players’ names on my iPhone?
The number of 4G subscribers is expected to continue to increase in Argentina throughout the year, potentially slowing down speeds even more due to increased competition for limited capacity. However, operators are building more 4G on new airwaves so there’s hope for our ever-pending snapchats.
38,713,744 datapoints were collected from 16,633 users during the period from the beginning of January to the end of March.