OpenSignal has just published its latest State of Mobile Networks report on Peru, analyzing our data between April and June to examine the 3G and 4G mobile network experience provided by the four main operators. In one of our key metrics, 4G download speed, we’ve seen conspicuous declines for the two leading players. However we don’t consider this is any cause for concern – in fact we think it’s quite normal. But why is it happening?
Our 4G download speed metric has been a closely run race in Peru. In this test period we recorded a draw between Entel and Movistar – the same two-operator draw we saw six months ago. However, the average 4G speeds we recorded for the top two operators both fell: Entel’s by over 3 Mbps to 17.2 Mbps, and Movistar’s by over 4 Mbps to 17 Mbps.
The drop in the top two operators’ 4G download speeds has allowed third-placed Claro to close the gap, as its average speed reached 14.8 Mbps in our measurements. New entrant Bitel remains some way behind the top three operators with a score of 6 Mbps in our 4G download speed metric. But Bitel is in the process of implementing its newly-acquired 2.6 GHz spectrum in the country, and we expect to see serious improvement in its network speeds over the next couple of years.
While the drop in Entel and Movistar’s 4G download speeds is notable, it isn’t particularly surprising. It is likely to be related to a phenomenon we are seeing across many mobile markets as they mature. Operators globally are focusing investment on improving their LTE reach to bring services to as many users as possible. And big increases in the level of LTE access are often coupled with jumps in mobile subscribers and data use, which can negatively impact download speeds as subscribers vie for limited capacity.
Peru’s operators appear to be focusing on improving 4G availability, and we are certainly seeing some impressive increases in this metric in Peru. In our latest report, all four of Peru’s operators scored over or very close to 80% in our 4G availability measurements. Peru has shown it is one of the top countries in Latin America in this category, beating much larger rivals such as Mexico and Argentina.
What’s your experience of 4G networks in Peru? Please let us know in the comments section below. And be sure to read the full State of Mobile Networks report for Peru on our website.