Latin America: quality of mobile internet connections 2019

Among the presented countries, mobile networks on Barbados offered their users the highest consistent quality of connections. Between May and August 2019, 75.28 percent of connections in the country were good enough for the most demanding mobile-use cases, such as HD group video calling, whereas 96.13 percent of connections were good enough for SD video streaming, but presenting users with delays or buffering when they were trying to use more demanding apps. In a different ranking, which measured real-time multiplayer mobile gaming quality in Latin America, Uruguay ranked first.

Quality of mobile internet connections in selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean between May and August 2019

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Release date

September 2019


Central and South America

Survey time period

May 1 to August 1, 2019

Supplementary notes

* The source defines the quality of a connection as excellent when it is "sufficient for the most demanding mobile use-cases, like HD group video calling or 1080p video streaming."
** The source defines the quality of a connection as core when it is "good enough for SD video streaming, web browsing, emails, and VOIP calling, but users are more likely to experience delays or buffering when trying to use more demanding apps."
Notes about the methodology: according to the source, data is based on "over 170 million speed tests from 60 million unique iOS and Android devices." The source "measures network quality based on the real-world performance of actual network subscribers, inclusive of occasions when a network or tariff may be throttled or congested. Results (...) are based on a testing configuration designed to represent the typical (rather than maximum) performance that users experience." For more information, see the source.

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