Spotlight: LatAm fixed internet speeds

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

The company also highlighted Chile as the country with the best fixed broadband speed in the world, 216Mbps. It did not update these figures for the fourth quarter.

The latest statistics of the fiber optics association FBA relate to the end of 2021 and show that the 18 largest countries in Latin America installed 103 million houses or buildings with fiber, an increase of 29% compared to 2020. Subscriptions grew by 47% to 46mn, according to research by SMC+. of FBA.

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

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Fiber optics connections represented more than 60% of Chile’s reach in September 2022 at 2.83mn, up 27.8%. Next were HFC networks with 1.42mn, according to operator Subtel.

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

IN COLOMBIA

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

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

Movistar and ETB are focusing on fiber optics, which reaches 152Mbps, CRC said.

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

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PERU

Peru’s average speed was 67.6Mbps per end-In December, according to Ookla. The Diruptor WIN leads at 111Mbps.

WIN also captured the most people reaching it, while ranking third behind Claro (26.7% of the market) and Movistar (54.5%) in terms of market share.

Second was fiber optics operator WOW, which provided an average speed of 86.4Mbps.

Two major operators, Movistar and Claro, are offered 52.2Mbps and 57.8Mbps.

ARGENTINA

The national average was 56.1Mbps, with an upload speed of 24Mbps.

Movistar, which is migrating its customers from copper to fiber, offered the fastest average download speed at 92.8Mbps. The company wanted to connect 3.7mn homes with fiber by 2022, connect 1mn customers and roll out 15,000km of fiber.

Telecom Argentina’s Personal brand provided 81.2Mbps on average. Personal also increased fiber deployment to increase coverage and transport customers. The company recently doubled the connection speed for all customers.

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Telecentro came third with 74.8Mbps, followed by Claro with 52.7Mbps.

IN MEXICO

The national average download speed was 49.6Mbps, with TotalPlay providing 80.4Mbps. TotalPlay is a fiber optics operator with 5mn subscribers.

Telmex provided 45Mbps, while focusing on increasing coverage.

Third was Megacable with 44.94Mbps and fourth Televisa’s Izzi, with 40.92Mbps. Both deliver fiber optics to other parts of the country.

Last year, Megacable said it had 25% of its customer base in fiber optics.

ECUADOR

Average download speed was 46.8Mbps and upload speed was 43Mbps, according to Ookla.

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

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