Find out Which Carrier Has the Best Signal and 4G

A study conducted by Open Signal evaluated the current conditions of mobile internet networks in the country.

Find out Which Carrier Has the Best Signal and 4G

Open Signal recently released its newest study on the current state of mobile internet networks in Brazil.This is the first survey made by the company after the Olympics.According to the consultancy, three months after the sporting event showed signs of improvement in the country’s 4G , however, some problems remain.

Although 4G speeds are increasing in Brazil, access to the LTE signal is still limited.But companies have invested in this area and this has had a positive effect on the speed of data transfer over mobile networks and signal availability.The analysis was conducted between September 1 and November 30 and collected 770 million measures provided by 39,471 smartphone users.

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According to the results of the analysis, Claro is the operator in Brazil that has the best download speed with an average of 27.45Mbps in 4G, 3.91Mbps in 3G and 10.14Mbps in general.Specifically in LTE networks, Vivo ranked second with a speed of 21.29Mbps, Oi in third with 14.61 Mbps and TIM in fourth with 12.05Mbps.This is the same order for the overall speed ranking.The situation had a slight change in 3G, with TIM coming in second, Vivo in third, Oi in fourth and Nextel in fifth (the company does not offer 4G in the whole Country).

Open Signal also evaluated the availability of the 4G signal and in this case TIM took the lead, offering LTE connection 59.21% of the time to its users. Vivo ranks second with 56.76%, Claro the third with 49.45% and Oi the fourth with 43.35% of the time. Nevertheless, the consultancy considers that none of the operators in Brazil can offer consistency in their connectivity in this type of network.

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The study also analyzed network latency, that is, how fast its response is. The lower the latency, the faster the pages on the Internet start to load, and the slower the real-time communication application lags. In this regard, Oi obtained a better result in 4G, with an average of 52.8 milliseconds. Vivo had the worst result, 62.69ms. But in 3G the last position was with Oi with 153.86ms and Nextel takes the lead with 87.84ms.


Comparing the results of Brazil with those of other countries, OpenSignal highlights strengths and weaknesses of 4G in the country.In relation to the overall speed of 4G networks, the average is 19.7Mbps, 2Mbps above the median value of the world.However, with regard to the availability of the LTE signal, we are still close to the last positions in the global list and in the South American nations.

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According to the company, 4G do Brasil has some very good points and quite negative aspects.Still, the expectations look good, since we can perceive advances by the companies in the current study.Sure, Vivo and TIM have been testing 4G networks on two frequencies, while experimenting with new LTE-Advanced technologies.Even Nextel is expanding its 4G coverage, which was once limited to the state of Rio de Janeiro.The fans are waiting for the operators to continue investing to deliver a service with more and more quality to the Brazilians.