Many of us know the struggle of slow internet in Argentina, but the CABASE Internet Index report, published by the Argentine Internet Chamber has underscored just how bad connections are. In fact, four out of ten fixed internet connections in Argentina do not even exceed 6 Mbps (megabits) per second.
The CABASE Internet Index indicated that 40.7 percent of broadband connections in Argentina have a speed between 1 and 6 Mbps; additionally, 25.7 percent are “lucky” enough to get 10 to 20 Mbps
Only Capital Federal has a higher than average internet speed, ranging between 14.2 and 17.8 Mbps. The provinces with the lowest quality connections are La Pampa (4 Mbps), Santa Cruz (5.3 Mbps), and Chubut (5.4 Mbps).
As of July this year, the Speedtest service measured the average velocity at 19.49 Mbps. This has put Argentina in 80th place in the global ranking. Those luck enough to be living in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Iceland get to experience the highest velocity Internet in the world; with speeds from 143 to 181 Mbps.
Disproportionately, only 217,000 homes in Argentina have fiber optic connections; comprising 3 percent of total Internet connections in the country. Ariel Graizer, president of the Argentine Internet Chamber, explained to La Nación: “We face a great challenge to recover lost time, generating public policies, regulations, and incentives that promote investment in Fiber Optic Home (FTTH) networks throughout the region.”
In Argentina, more than 12.5 million users are connected to the Internet in some way. In July 2018, data traffic exceeded 380 Gbps, an increase of 73 percent compared to last year. This might be thanks to all those Argentine football fanatics that relied on streaming of the 2018 World Cup in Russia; reaching a peak of one million viewers.
Moreover, in terms of mobile Internet connection Argentina ranked 85th globally, with an average velocity of 16.19 Mbps. In comparison to the international average of 22.81 Mbps, the country doesn’t fair too badly, and has increased by 3.32 Mbps since last year.
For the sake of our sanity, let’s hope that the Internet connection in the country continues to improve.