Uruguay, Chile and Brazil Lead South America in Download Speeds

Mapa de velocidad de conexión a internet en América Latina

The average Internet broadband connection speed in Latin America is 7.3 Mbps, and only three countries are above the average: Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile.

In its most recent report, “La nueva revolución digital: de la Internet del consumo a la Internet de la producción” (The New Digital Revolution: from Internet Consumption to Internet Production) the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean published the ranking of Internet connection speeds in Latin American countries.

According to the report, the average download speed on broadband is 7.3 Mbps in South America. In more advanced countries, the average download speed is 32.2 Mbps.

There are only four countries in the region that are above the average: Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Chile was the country with the best ranking in 2012 with an average download speed of 8 Mbps. By the end of 2014, Uruguay had the best ranking with 22.6 Mbps. This number is very similar to that of Spain, Portugal or the United Kingdom. Excluding Uruguay, the best download speeds were recorded in Chile and Brazil. The worst download speeds were recorded in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela.

According to the same report, the average loading speeds in Latin America is 2.9 Mbps, while 13.4 Mbps is the average in more advanced countries. “Uruguay has the best loading speed (5.9 Mbps) followed by Mexico (5.7 Mbps) and Brazil (4.2 Mbps). Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru have the slowest loading speeds.”

Uruguay has the best ranking for loading and downloading speeds on mobile broadband.

En cuanto a la velocidad de descarga (16,96 Mbps), este país se encuentra por encima del promedio de los países avanzados (14,8 Mbps); lo siguen Colombia (9,9 Mbps) y Perú (9,6 Mbps). En la velocidad de carga, Uruguay (6,8 Mbps) es seguido por Perú (5,7 Mbps), ambos ubicados por encima del promedio de los países avanzados (5,6 Mbps). Colombia, con 4,8 Mbps, ocupa el tercer lugar. Bolivia, Colombia y Perú, que no destacan en banda ancha global, alcanzan buenas posiciones en las velocidades de banda ancha móvil”.

This country has a download speed (16.96 Mbps) that is above the average of more advanced countries (14.8 Mbps). It is followed by Colombia (9.9 Mbps) and Peru (9.6 Mbps). With regards to loading speeds, Uruguay (6.8 Mbps) is followed by Peru (5.7 Mbps). Both countries are above the average of more advanced countries (5.6 Mbps). Colombia is in third place with 4.8 Mbps. With no ranking in global broadband, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru achieve better positions with mobile broadband speeds.

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