Claro takes top spot as Brazil's fastest mobile network provider

Bnamericas Published: Monday, October 17, 2022
Claro takes top spot as Brazil's fastest mobile network provider

América Móvil’s Claro was the fastest mobile broadband provider in Brazil in Q3, while Apple’s iPhone 13 was the device enabling the fastest download speed and Qualcomm’s 5G Snapdragon chipset the one providing the best mobile experience.

These are some findings of Ookla’s latest quarterly report on the state of Brazil's mobile networks, collected through its Speedtest platform.

According to Ookla, Claro delivered the fastest median download speed at 37.2Mbps, ahead of Vivo (28.2Mbps), TIM (26Mbps) and Oi (15.7Mbps).

Ookla’s mobile multi-server latency assessment showed that, among the top providers, Claro also had the lowest median latency in the country at 45 milliseconds (ms).

Latency is the time a signal takes to reach its destination after an action command.

Vivo followed with 50ms, TIM had 56ms and Oi 70ms.

Claro also had the highest consistency, which is when a provider’s data meets minimum thresholds for download and upload speeds, depending on the type of network.

According to Ookla, 85.9% of Claro’s results showed at least 5Mbps of minimum download speed and 1Mbps minimum upload speed. The telco was followed by Vivo, TIM and Oi.


As per devices, the iPhone 13 Pro showed the fastest median download speed with 156Mbps, beating the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Max, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro 5G.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra, however, registered the fastest median upload speed, at 21.1Mbps, compared to 20.9Mbps of the iPhone 13 Pro.

Regarding chipsets powering smartphones, Ookla found that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 5G had the fastest median download speed, at 141Mbps. 

Another three Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are also in the top five, with Samsung’s Exynos 2100 ranking fourth.


With 101Mbps, Brasília, the first city where 5G was activated in the 3.5GHz band, registered the fastest median mobile download speed among the country’s most populous cities.

In São Paulo, median mobile download speed was 49.3Mbps. Other top-performing cities were Curitiba (49.1Mbps), Rio de Janeiro (39.7Mbps), Belo Horizonte (35.8Mbps) and Goiânia (32.3Mbps).

Following the June launch in Brasília, the roll-out of 5G in Brazil continued with Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), João Pessoa (Paraíba) and Porto Alegre in a single batch, and with São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Salvador and Goiânia in another. 

At present, all 27 state capitals have 5G in the 3.5GHz band.

In the ranking that evaluates mobile broadband in 139 countries, Brazil went from 80th position in July, pre-3.5GHz launch, to 65th in September, with 31.5Mbps of average mobile download speed.

However, as other countries also advanced their 5G networks, Brazil was down seven places over August.

The list is topped by Norway and the United Arab Emirates (126Mbps each), Qatar (124Mbps), China (116Mbps), the Netherlands (105Mbps), Denmark (105Mbps), South Korea (104Mbps), Bulgaria (103Mbps), Saudi Arabia (97Mbps) and Kuwait (95Mbps).

In Latin America, the fastest average mobile speeds in September were recorded in Uruguay (34.8Mbps), Jamaica (33.7Mbps), Brazil, Trinidad &Tobago (31.1Mbps), Mexico (24.9Mbps) and Chile (23.6Mbps).


In fixed broadband, Brazil occupies the 32nd position, with 94.6Mbps of average download speed, down one place over August.

According to Ookla, Chile currently enjoys the world’s fastest fixed broadband, with a median download speed in September of 217Mbps. 

It climbed one position from August, overtaking Singapore, which registered 216Mbps last month.  

Other well-ranked regional countries are Panama (108Mbps), Uruguay (95.8Mbps), Brazil, Colombia (86.8Mbps), Trinidad &Tobago (83.4Mbps) and Barbados (78.4Mbps).

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