Vodafone best performing operator in Alentejo

in News · 14-01-2020 17:25:00 · 0 Comments

Vodafone Portugal is the "best performing" operator in 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) technologies in the Alentejo region, according to a study by the National Communications Authority (Anacom) on the assessment of the mobile communications service.

Last year the regulator conducted a performance evaluation study of mobile voice and data services and GSM (2G or second generation), UMTS (3G) and LTE (4G) coverage, provided by Meo (Altice Portugal), NOS and Vodafone Portugal in the Alentejo (NUTS II), which was released on 14 January.

"The systems analyzed presented, on average, good Global System for Mobile communications GSM radio coverage, adequate Universal Mobile Telecommunications System UMTS radio coverage and reasonable Long Term Evolution LTE radio coverage, although with different performances between urban typologies and between operators," according to the study.

Regarding the typologies of urban areas, "the worst performance in the medium urban and predominantly rural areas" stands out.

From the analysis "of the results associated with each operator and their differences", "Vodafone performed better on UMTS and LTE radio technologies".

4G [LTE] coverage "has lower performances than GSM [2G] and UMTS [3G] networks, and performance is also more differentiated between operators and urban area typologies", the document reads.

Vodafone Portugal "records 84 percent ??of the measurements made at 'very good' or 'good' radio coverage levels, followed by operator Meo with 73.7 percent and finally operator NOS with 52.3 percent".

The study, conducted between 7 May and 28 May, covers the districts of Portalegre, Évora and Beja, as well as part of the districts of Santarém and Setúbal, "in a total of 58 municipalities, covering 31,600 square kilometres, i.e. 34 percent of the country's land surface", says Anacom.

As part of this analysis, 891 voice calls, 5,853 data sessions and 550,597 radio signal measurements were made, corresponding to approximately 297 voice calls, 325 data sessions and 61,200 radio signal measurements by indicator and operator, according to Anacom.

"3,539 kilometres were covered, of which 342 were in tests," he adds.

"Measurements made to measure radio coverage have in most cases recorded 'very good' or 'good' quality signal levels, but also others below the appropriate parameters, notably in LTE, including some significant levels of 'non-existent' coverage in predominantly rural areas, "notes the entity.

"There are still some significant levels of 'nonexistent' radio coverage, in particular the NOS operator with 7.6 percent and the predominantly rural areas with 10.6 percent," reads the document.

"The UMTS networks of operators Vodafone and Meo have lower performances than those observed for GSM, recording 93.6 percent and 81.1 percent, respectively, of measurements made at 'very good' or 'good' radio coverage levels," he adds.

The NOS UMTS network "performs considerably below, with only 64.5 percent of measurements made at 'very good' or 'good' radio coverage levels."

The National Communications Authority plans to conduct studies later this year on the remaining regions of the continental territory, followed by those relating to the Azores and Madeira.


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