Brazil is is currently poised on the brink of 5G revolution, but what's the current state of the mobile network user experience as the country's 4G networks approach maturity? This report acts as a benchmark of the country's mobile network experience prior to the deployment of 5G.
Our analysis found three primary reasons why many Brazilian smartphone users never connected to 4G networks and depended upon 3G networks.
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Globally, operators report mobile data use is increasing dramatically but Opensignal’s analytics demonstrate that despite these challenges the mobile experience is holding up well. Opensignal has seen only relatively small changes in users’ 4G Download Speeds in some countries, and none at all in other countries.
When it comes to the consumer mobile network experience in Brazil, we’ve seen a two-horse race develop between Claro and TIM since our last report. A quick glance at our latest awards table might give the impression that nothing has changed in the last six months. However, our measurements show notable improvements in several areas, particularly in 4G metrics. The rollout of 4G on the 700 MHz spectrum band in Brazil is having a big impact, as our users on networks that have implemented it are spending more time on 4G and are on average enjoying faster download speeds. We have further seen a cascading effect of this on our Video and Voice App Experience as upload and latency measurements have also improved. And with an upcoming auction of 5G licenses — including more spectrum in the 700 MHz band — we expect the mobile network experience to continue to improve as the market matures.
Today, 81% of Brazil’s population is actively engaged on social media spending approximately three and a half hours on social platforms every day. With this increasing popularity in social media usage, Brazillian users now engage in activities such as sharing media content, online gaming and video chatting more often than ever. In order to understand the true user experience while upstreaming, Opensignal analyzed 4G Upload Speeds in the 12 largest cities of Brazil and found that upload speeds vary depending on the time of day.
In one year mobile Video Experience has significantly improved in 59% of 100 countries analyzed. But the U.S. is lagging behind on mobile video as carriers face a spectrum crunch. Uniquely, Opensignal tests mobile video streaming at scale and does not estimate video experience based on speed tests or other indirect measurements.
In the past year, since the rollout of 4G in the 700 MHz band, we've seen considerable growth in 4G Availability in all of Brazil's 10 largest cities.
Voice apps offer flexibility across a number of devices and networks, and have soared in popularity as smartphones become more and more ubiquitous.But what's the mobile user experience like on these voice apps on today's mobile networks?