Internet speed in Brazil lags behind rest of the world

The country's average connection speed goes up, but other South American neighbors fared better.

The average Internet speed in Brazil has gone up by 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014 but the country has gone down in a global ranking published by Akamai.

Despite the fact that average speed has increased in Brazil, reaching 2.9 Mbps in June and up 19 percent year-on-year, other countries have seen better results, according to the the State of the Internet quarterly study. 

This includes South American nations such as Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, where growth rates stayed above 30 percent, with average speeds of 5.6 Mbps, 4.4 Mbps and 4.2 Mbps, respectively.

In terms of global average peak connection, Brazil reached 20.2 Mbps, a quarter-on-quarter increase of 13 percent. This compares to a 225 percent growth in Uruguay, with 49.7 Mbps.

Brazil now occupies the 89th position among 136 countries considered by the research, down two positions in relation to the previous year.

According to the Akamai study, the global average broadband speed has gone up by 21 percent, reaching 4.6 Mbps and surpassing the 4 Mbps broadband minimum speed considered by the survey.

South Korea remained the top performer with connection speed of 24.6 Mbps and 4 percent growth on the previous quarter, followed by Hong Kong, with 15.7 Mbps and a 18 percent increase in speed.

The report also looked at mobile broadband speeds of more than 4 Mbps and found that in the second quarter, Denmark reported the highest level of mobile broadband adoption at 92 percent, whereas Brazil, Croatia, Paraguay, Vietnam and Bolivia all had mobile broadband adoption rates below 1 percent.

Election pledge

At the start of Brazil's presidential campaign, president Dilma Rousseff, currently running for re-election,  made the "Banda Larga Para Todos" (Broadband For All, in Portuguese) pledge to provide cheaper and faster Internet access  to those who don't have it yet.

The president added that as well as connecting digitally excluded Brazilians, the idea is to broaden the fiber optic infrastructure of the country, which would result in faster access.

At the time, Rousseff said details of the pledge - such as how the new plan would fit into the broader National Broadband Plan and separate initiatives such as the government's partnership with Google to bring connect remote areas with balloons - would be released during the election campaign.

However, overall proposals for Rousseff's eventual second term have been published online and make no additional mentions to the broadband improvement promises. Brazil will hold general elections this coming Sunday (5).