The most recent ‘Data Flash‘ of the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) revealed that during the second quarter of 2021, mobile internet traffic reached 430 million GB, presenting an increase of 84.9% compared to the same quarter of 2020.
In addition to the above, the report explains that for June 2021, the average income per GB of mobile internet was $ 4,255, presenting a decrease of 46% compared to the same month of the previous year. In addition, the average traffic per access for this internet service was 4.5 GB, an increase of 68.9% compared to June of the previous year.
In terms of total mobile internet revenues during the second quarter of this year, these reached 1.9 trillion pesos, an increase of 6.7% compared to the same quarter of 2020.
The CRC report also highlights that in the second quarter of 2020 there had been a reduction in service revenues, which can be associated with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement also revealed that mobile internet accesses grew 15.1% compared to the same period of the previous year, while the penetration rate for this service was 66.2 per 100 inhabitants, 7.9 percentage points higher than to the same month of 2020.
The ‘Data Flash’ also allows observing an increase in the latest technology connections and a reduction in older technology connections such as 2G or 3G, as of June 2021, 4G technology connections represent 77.4% of the total mobile Internet connections, reaching 26 million accesses, with a positive variation of 25.6% compared to the same month of the previous year. For their part, 2G and 3G accesses have presented negative variations of 16.9% and 9.6%, respectively, in the same period.
Not only an increase in internet traffic, but also an increase in speed
Beyond the traffic figures, a CRC study reflected an increase during the month of June of more than 80% in the average speed of fixed and mobile internet in Colombia.
In figures related to mobile internet, Cartagena, Montería and Barranquilla presented the highest average download speeds for the first half of 2021, respectively with 22.8 Mbps, 21.4 Mbps and 20.8 Mbps. While at the provider level , Tigo registered the highest average speed with 25.5 Mbps, followed by WOM with 16.9 Mbps, Claro with 15.1 Mbps, ETB with 14.6 Mbps, Avantel with 14.4 Mbps and Movistar with 14.0 Mbps .
On the other hand, higher fixed internet speeds were registered in Bogotá, Bucaramanga and Cali registered the highest average download speeds in June of this year with 72.4 megabits per second (Mbps), 67.5 and 66.2 Mbps respectively, while the operators that registered the highest average speed that month were ETB, Movistar, Claro and Tigo with data of 84.43 Mbps; 78.15; 64.9 and 50.27 respectively.
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