In the report just presented by the Argentine Internet Chamber (CABASE) it was reported that more than half of the fixed Internet connections in Argentina already exceed 20 Mbps, while in 2019 they represented only 40% of the national total.

According to the Internet Index corresponding to the second semester of 2020, it appears that 51% of fixed broadband connections reach a speed greater than 20 Mbps.

Also, the average speed of fixed internet connections nationwide it reached 40.67 Mbps in September 2020, showing an increase of 1.68 times compared to the average speed Released in September 2019.

The CABASE report analyzes the evolution of internet connection speeds at the national level and shows that there is an annual growth in internet connections with higher download speeds.

Speeds below 20 Mbps drop from 60% in September 2019 to 49% in September 2020. REUTERS

“The good news is that we have achieved an important leap in the quality of connectivity, which is largely expressed by connections with higher bandwidth capacity, as a result of a growing share of fiber optic access to the home” Ariel Graizer, President of CABASE.

In September 2019 the connections with speeds above 20 Mbps they represented only 40% of the national total, while by September 2020 they already reached 51%, driving a jump in average speed.

As part of this process, there is an important and continuous decrease in connections with speeds below 20 Mbps, which fell by 60% in September 2019 to 49% in September 2020.

speed index according to CABASE

With a more long-term look, what this trend shows is that 6 Mbps connections today represent only 29% of the total when just 5 years ago, in September 2015, they represented 81% of total connections.

“Only through public policies to promote and incentives aimed at strengthening the role of SMEs and cooperatives in the market will it be possible to achieve the universalization of connectivity that Argentina requires, especially in a situation in which the internet is the tool that supports the economy, work, education and recreation for a large part of the population, ”said Graizer.

Technological evolution

In this same sense, with a direct link with the growth of speed, is the evolution of internet access technologies.

During the last year, the trend regarding access technologies remains in line with previous years, increasing, between September 2019 and the same month of 2020, the drop in ADSL accesses (-23.79%) in favor, mainly, of a marked growth in fiber optics (+ 34.58%), followed by wireless connections (+ 19.68%) and cable modems (+ 7.33%).

Penetration by provinces, according to CABASE.

In 2019, the data collected by Enacom showed a total of 2,613 localities with fixed internet connections, of which 758 registered a provider with a fiber optic network to the home (29%), while, by September 2020, of the 2,794 locations reported, 859 registered fiber optic availability (30.7%).

The provinces with the greatest presence of this technology are Buenos Aries (with 341 locations), Córdoba (with 100 locations) and Santa Fe (with 72 locations).

The provinces with the greatest presence of this technology are Buenos Aries, Córdoba and Santa Fe

“Fiber optic accesses represent the future of the internet. It is the only technology available today that allows the increasing bandwidth demanded by households to be assured over time, especially from the greater demands imposed by the pandemic with the combination of home office, virtual classes and the limitations of social and leisure activities. entertainment that gave a phenomenal boost to the use of streaming platforms, ”added Graizer.

With little rhythm

With an interannual variation of just 2.1% compared to the previous year, the total of fixed broadband accesses to the internet nationwide in September 2020 stood at 9,356,199 accesses, which represents a penetration of fixed internet nationwide for every 100 households of 66%.

When analyzing the evolution over time of this indicator, it appears that the growth rate is too low considering the objective of achieving universal connectivity to reach 100×100 of the country’s households with fixed broadband accesses.

In this sense, with the current rate of growth, which in the last 5 years was 2.8% average per year, it takes more than 12 years to connect 34% of households in Argentina that today they do not have access to this critical resource for the social and economic development of the population.

Regarding the participation of each technology, 56.21% of the total connections are through cable modem, followed by ADSL with 24.20%, then fiber optics with 12.51%, Wireless with just 4.42% of the total and other technologies group the remaining 2.66%.

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