Spotlight: LatAm fixed internet speeds

Chilean fixed-broadband operator Mundo delivered the fastest average speed, 281Mbps, of all Latin American operators in 3Q22, according to the latest figures from speed measurement company Ookla.

The company also highlighted Chile as the country with the best fixed broadband speed globally, 216 Mbps. And it didn’t update those numbers for the fourth quarter.

The latest figures from the FBA relate to the end of 2021 and show that 18 major countries in Latin America concentrated on 103 million homes or buildings passed with fiber, up 29% compared to 2020. Subscriptions increased by 47% to 46 million, according to a study Conducted by SMC+ for FBA.

Globally, fixed internet speeds increased by 28% in November 2022 year over year, and mobile speeds by 17%, according to Ookla.

Fiber optic connections account for more than 60% of Chilean reach by September 2022 at 2.83 million, up 27.8%. Next up were HFC networks with 1.42 million, according to regulator Subtel.

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Chile is the only Latin American country in the top 10 global internet speeds and among the countries with the fastest development in fiber optics due to strong investments.

Colombia

The average download speed was 90.8Mbps, according to Ookla, but the CRC regulator claimed it was 110Mbps in the second quarter of 2022, up 100% year-over-year.

Movistar was the fastest operator with 141 Mbps in December 2022, followed by ETB at 94.5 Mbps, Claro at 88.9 Mbps and Tigo at 75.9 Mbps, According to Ookla.

Movistar and ETB focus on fiber optics, which has speeds of up to 152 Mbps, according to CRC.

HFC networks, used by Claro and Tigo, came in second with an average of 119 Mbps.

Peru

It was Peruvian average speed 67.6 Mbps by the endDecember, according to Ookla. Disabling WIN led with 111Mbps.

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WIN also accounted for the most access, while it ranked third after Claro (26.7% of the market) and Movistar (54.5%) in terms of market share.

Second was the fiber optic operator WOW, which provided average speeds of 86.4 Mbps.

Introduced the two largest operators, Movistar and Claro 52.2 Mbps and 57.8 Mbps.

Argentina

The national average was 56.1 Mbps, with upload speeds of up to 24 Mbps.

Movistar, which moves its customers from copper to fiber, delivered the fastest average download speeds at 92.8 Mbps. The company wanted to pass 3.7 million homes with fiber in 2022, connect 1 million customers and deploy 15,000 km of fiber.

Telecom Argentina’s Personal brand delivered 81.2 Mbps on average. Personal was also ramping up fiber deployment to increase coverage and customer migration. The company recently doubled the connection speed for all customers.

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Telecentro came in third with a rate of 74.8 Mbps, followed by Claro with a rate of 52.7 Mbps.

Mexico

The national average download speed was 49.6 Mbps, while TotalPlay delivers 80.4 Mbps. TotalPlay is a fiber optic operator with 5 million subscribers.

Telmex provided 45 Mbps, with an emphasis on increasing coverage.

Third place was Megacable at 44.94 Mbps and fourth was Televisa’s Izzi at 40.92 Mbps. Both deploy optical fibers in some areas of the country.

Last year, Megacable claimed to have 25% of its customer base on fiber optics.

Ecuador

The average download speed was 46.8 Mbps and the upload speed was 43 Mbps, according to Ookla.

Leader Netlife achieved 67.6 Mbps, followed by Celerity at 53.7 Mbps, Cable TV at 43.7 Mbps, and Claro at 40.5 Mbps.

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