Argentina begins spreading its 4G wings

As 2016 comes to close, OpenSignal has published one last report for the year, and we’re happy to return to one of our first subjects, Argentina. The South American powerhouse only launched LTE in December of 2014, and in the three State of Mobile Networks reports we’ve produced since, we’ve tracked Argentina’s 4G growth from infancy. It’s still a bit too early to say Argentina’s 4G market is fully mature, but we’ve definitely seen some big growth spurts.

In our last two reports we saw Argentina struggling to deliver a consistent LTE signal, but in our most recent tests it’s plain that the country’s operators have made their 4G services a lot more accessible. OpenSignal’s 4G availability metric measures the proportion of time our users are able to connect to an LTE network, and Claro, Movistar and Personal were all able to deliver a 4G signal more than half that time. The leader in this category, however, was Movistar, with an availability score of 73.6%. Argentina has now closed the gap with most of its South American peers in LTE availability.

Buenos Aires at night (Photo Credit: Flickr user Rodrigo Paredes)

Buenos Aires at night (Photo Credit: Flickr user Rodrigo Paredes)

Speed, however, is still a weak area for Argentine operators. The fastest LTE download speeds we found were on Personal, which averaged 16.1 Mbps in our tests, more than a megabit slower than the global 4G average. We measured average 4G speeds on Claro and Movistar of 13 Mbps and 9.3 Mbps respectively. While we’re seeing Argentina’s operators invest more in expanding their 4G reach, they haven’t yet made similar investments in growing capacity, which would boost the speeds their customers see. That could change soon, however, as operators build new LTE systems in the 700 MHz band.

Be sure to check out the full report containing all of our metrics and interactive charts.

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