Latin America’s 5G Leaders: Brazil and Guatemala Setting the Pace

In the realm of 5G technology, Latin America is making significant strides. Brazil and Guatemala are emerging as regional trailblazers, demonstrating impressive speed and overall experiential metrics. Latin America 5G leaders

According to Opensignal‘s inaugural benchmarking report on the region’s 5G experience, these two countries are setting the bar high, while Puerto Rico is making a name for itself with unmatched 5G availability.

Brazil: The Frontrunner for 5G Download Speed

Brazil has positioned itself at the forefront of 5G download speed in Latin America, boasting an impressive score of 346.4Mbps. This makes the country 45.2 percent faster than its closest competitor, Guatemala, and a remarkable 83.8 percent faster than Mexico, which holds the third spot in the download speed rankings. Brazil’s achievements in this area have also earned it the third position globally in the 5G Global Benchmark report, surpassed only by South Korea and Singapore.

Brazil’s 5G Peak Download Speed Latin America 5G leaders

In addition to its noteworthy download speed, Brazil stands out for its 5G peak download speed, which exceeds 750Mbps. This score is over 50 percent faster than Puerto Rico and 33 percent faster than Guatemala, as both markets surpass the 500Mbps mark. Brazil’s success in this category is largely due to the early deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) networks in the 3.5GHz band, which began in July 2022.

Challenges in Argentina and Peru Latin America 5G leaders

While Brazil and Guatemala are thriving in the 5G landscape, Argentina and Peru are grappling with challenges in achieving higher speeds due to delays in assigning the 3.5GHz band. Users in Argentina experience an average 5G download speed of 59.9Mbps, while those in Peru encounter 48.2Mbps, both falling short of the 100Mbps milestone.

Guatemala: The Reigning Champion for 5G Upload Speed

Guatemala is leading the region in terms of 5G upload speed, scoring an impressive 42Mbps. This places the country 34.5 percent ahead of Brazil, the second-placed country, while Mexico takes the bronze medal with a score of 30.3Mbps. Guatemala’s upload speed also places it among global leaders, jointly securing first place in the world for 5G Upload Speed in the 5G Global Benchmark report, alongside South Korea and Malaysia.

Guatemala’s Triumph in Experiential Metrics Latin America 5G leaders

Apart from its top position in upload speed, Guatemala also excels in experiential metrics. The country leads in both 5G Video Experience and 5G Voice App Experience. With a score of 77.2, Guatemala’s 5G Video Experience is just 0.8 points shy of an “Excellent” rating, outperforming Brazil and Chile. Similarly, its 5G Voice App Experience score of 82.6 puts it 0.8 points ahead of Chile, securing the top spot.

Brazil’s Dominance in 5G Games Experience

In the sphere of 5G Games Experience, Brazil shines with a score of 83.1 points, establishing a substantial lead of approximately 7.1 points over Argentina and Guatemala. All three markets, along with Mexico, fall into the “Good” category, meaning most users find the gaming experience acceptable with minimal delays. Brazil’s success can be attributed to its extensive 5G SA roll-outs, which have significantly improved network latency.

Puerto Rico’s Unmatched 5G Availability

Among the observed countries in Latin America, Puerto Rico stands out with the highest 5G availability, with users connecting to 5G services for an impressive 48.4 percent of their time. This achievement places Puerto Rico at the top of the 5G Availability rank globally in the 5G Global Benchmark report. However, despite Brazil and Guatemala’s dominance in speed and experience metrics, 5G users in these markets still have limited access to 5G benefits, connecting to 5G services for less than 10 percent of their time.

As 5G roll-outs and adoption continue to progress across Latin America, these benchmarking insights provide valuable data on the region’s 5G experience, emphasizing the strengths and challenges faced by different markets.

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