In Brazil, you will now find an LTE signal more often than not

Brazil has come a long way since it launched LTE services a few years back. In our latest report on the State of Mobile Networks we saw gradual increases in 4G speed among Brazil’s operators, but the more impressive growth was observed in 4G availability.


For the current analysis, OpenSignal collected and analyzed more than 1.6 billion measurements taken from 87,774 devices between September and November 2017.

Winner of our award for 4G availability, TIM managed to provide LTE signals to its users 71.9% of the time. That’s 10 percentage points higher than runner up, Vivo, the only other operator that managed to cross the 60% threshold.  The final two national operators, Claro and Oi have also worked on their LTE reach, which meant mobile users on all networks are now getting access to 4G services more than 50% of the time.

As for download speeds, Claro was the clear winner for both our average 4G download speed and overall download speed (3G and 4G) awards with 28.6 Mbps and 12.1 Mbps respectively. Our users experienced slightly slower 4G speeds on Vivo’s network, averaging downloads of 22.7 Mbps, while neither TIM nor Oi could provide speeds speeds above 15Mbps in our tests.

Have a read at the full report, which includes an additional analysis on operator performance in the regions of Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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