Mobile Networks Update: Argentina (May 2018)

It's been six months since OpenSignal published its most recent State of Mobile Networks report for Argentina, and it's time for our semi-annual look at the market. In our latest Mobile Networks Update for Argentina, we've tracked the changes we've seen in our 3G and 4G measurements since December for Claro, Movistar and Personal. Personal still dominates our awards table, winning or drawing five out of our seven categories, including 4G speed and 4G availability. And while Movistar continues to lag behind the leader in our download metrics, it has pulled ahead in latency, managing to win both our 3G and 4G awards in the category.

  • Personal won our 4G availability category fairly comfortably, as our users could access its network 82% of the time, up 3 percentage points since our last report. Claro saw the biggest growth in this metric from 62% to 69%, while Movistar's score had stalled at 76%
  • Personal is pulling away from the pack in terms of 4G download speed. Personal registered average speeds of 17.1 Mbps in our measurements, which was nearly 6 Mbps faster than either of its rivals, and up from 15.8 Mbps in our last report. Movistar showed an incremental rise in 4G speeds to 11.3 Mbps in our measurements, while Claro's LTE speeds seem to have stalled at 10.5 Mbps. However, Personal's considerably superior 4G speed results were enough to see it win our overall download speed category once again, where its score of 13.6 Mbps was over 4 Mbps faster than either of its rivals. Personal also won our 4G upload speed award with average speeds of 6.4 Mbps, although Claro was close behind, averaging 6 Mbps.
  • Movistar won both our 3G and 4G latency awards, stealing the 4G latency crown from Personal. Movistar saw significant improvement in both its latency scores in our measurements, as it cut its 4G response time to 49 milliseconds from 61ms six months previous, while 3G response times fell from 138ms to 87ms.

Report Facts

1,060,548,697
Measurements
63,952
Test Devices
2018-02-01 - 2018-05-01
Sample Period
Argentina
Report Location

Awards Table

Download Speed: 4G Download Speed: 3G Download Speed: Overall Upload Speed: 4G Latency: 4G Latency: 3G Availability: 4G

Claro

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Movistar

medal medal

Personal

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Performance by Metric

Download Speed: 4G

This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users.

Download Speed: 3G

This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users.

Download Speed: Overall

This metric shows the average download speed experienced by OpenSignal users across all of an operator's 3G and 4G networks. Overall speed doesn't just factor in 3G and LTE speeds, but also the availability of each network technology. Operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds because their customers spend more time connected to slower 3G networks.

Upload Speed: 4G

This metric shows the average upload speed for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users.

Latency: 4G

This metric shows the average latency for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.

Latency: 3G

This metric shows the average latency for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.

Availability: 4G

This metric shows the proportion of time OpenSignal users have an LTE connection available to them on each operator’s network. It's a measure of how often users can access a 4G network rather than a measure of geographic or population coverage.

Regional Performance

This chart shows the regional winners in each category OpenSignal measures. Click on the icons to see a more detailed graph showing each operator’s metrics in a particular region.

Legend: Movistar Personal Claro
Region Download Speed: 4G Download Speed: 3G Download Speed: Overall Upload Speed: 4G Latency: 4G Latency: 3G Availability: 4G
Buenos Aires

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Our Methodology

OpenSignal measures the real-world experience of consumers on mobile networks as they go about their daily lives. We collect 3 billion individual measurements every day from tens of millions of smartphones worldwide.

Our measurements are collected at all hours of the day, every day of the year, under conditions of normal usage, including inside buildings and outdoors, in cities and the countryside, and everywhere in between. By analyzing on-device measurements recorded in the places where subscribers actually live, work and travel, we report on mobile network service the way users truly experience it.

For this particular report, 1,060,548,697 datapoints were collected from 63,952 users during the period: 2018-02-01 - 2018-05-01.

We continually adapt our methodology to best represent the changing experience of consumers on mobile networks and, therefore, comparisons of the results to past reports should be considered indicative only. For more information on how we collect and analyze our data, see our methodology page.

For every metric we've calculated statistical confidence intervals and plotted them on all of the graphs. When confidence intervals overlap for a certain metric, our measured results are too close to declare a winner in a particular category. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple operator winners.

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