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Bolivia Mobile Insights

COVERAGE-QoE / TRAFFIC ANALYSIS / DIGITAL DIVIDE

This global study examines both the mobile quality of experience, as measured by M2Catalyst’s proprietary coverage accessibility algorithm, and the percentage of mobile traffic carried by each network technology on an MNO-by-MNO basis for 70+ countries.  Analysis of these metrics enables an enhanced understanding of the digital divide of the subject country.


The M2 Coverage-QoE algorithm was developed by M2Catalyst in conjunction with industry-leading RF engineering consultants. It takes into consideration numerous elements including:  signal strength, signal quality, and throughput from the 4G/5G service footprint for each country’s national MNOs; the 2G/3G-only service footprint for each MNO; and the areas where mobile devices are used but have detected no service.  Each 800m x 800m bin with mobile activity is then classified as to the highest mobile use case (see below) it can support, leading to its further categorization as Connected, Under-Connected, or Unconnected.

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Data Collection:


The hundreds of billions of records that constitute the data for this study were collected from M2Catalyst mobile applications installed on millions of mobile devices during the period of January 1 through June 30, 2023.  All such data collection was performed with the express permission of the mobile device owners.

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Mobile Insights

by Region

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Coverage-QoE / Mobile Traffic / Digital Divide

Coverage-QoE

Coverage-QoE: Where are people trying to use their smartphones, but do not have access to a strong enough 4G/5G mobile broadband signal to support remote work, education, and telemedicine?  This location-based analysis using M2’s proprietary Coverage-QoE algorithm shows exactly where mobile phone users are connected, under-connected, and unconnected.

Bolivia: Coverage-QoE (Countrywide)

Bolivia: Coverage-QoE by MNO

Lowest Percentage of 
Unconnected Locations


Entel

Best Coverage-QoE

Viva

Bolivia: Coverage-QoE  
Location Percentages by MNO

Mobile Traffic

Mobile Traffic: How often are mobile phone users connecting on 4G, 5G-SA, and 5G-NSA, as opposed to connecting on 2G and 3G, or receiving No Signal whatsoever?  Unlike other mobile traffic metrics, M2’s Mobile Traffic analysis does not take payload into consideration because of its potential to bias the analysis (faster networks allow greater data flow).  We focus solely on the percentage of measurements acquired by M2 categorized by network connection type.

Bolivia: Mobile Traffic

Percentage by Network Type

Bolivia: Mobile Traffic

Percentage by MNO and Network Type 

Most 4G/5G Mobile Traffic

Tigo

Lowest Percentage of
No Signal Occurrence


Tigo

Americas Region Countries 
Ranked by Connected Coverage-QoE

Americas Region Countries 
Ranked by 4G/5G Mobile Traffic Percentage

In Summary  
What will it take to bridge the Digital Divide in Bolivia?

The challenging aspect to bridging the Digital Divide is clear. While building mobile infrastructure in wealthy and/or dense urban areas can be very profitable for MNOs, building in rural, remote, or disadvantaged regions will often require governmental assistance to be financially feasible. 

 

M2’s Coverage-QoE report provides a new take on the state of the Digital Divide.  We calculate the number of locations (800m x 800m bins) countrywide, on an MNO-by-MNO basis, where people have no connectivity or they’re under-connected, and therefore unable to perform remote work, access educational opportunities, or avail themselves of the convenience of telemedicine. This Coverage-QoE analysis shows a far larger Digital Divide than does our Mobile Traffic analysis, which is the more common view in mobile broadband deployment reports.

 

While Bolivia has 73% of its connections on 4G/5G, only 35% of its locations are “Connected”.

 

Regionally (Americas), Bolivia ranks #14 out of 21 countries in 4G/5G Mobile Traffic, and #18 in Coverage-QoE. 

 

M2Catalyst can provide the specific location data that can help the MNOs address the Bolivian Digital Divide. This chart shows the extent of the Divide.  While Viva and Tigo have lower 800m x 800m location counts than Entel, this is most likely due to their overall smaller coverage footprints in Bolivia. Viva and Tigo’s areas of coverage center around major cities and have less coverage in rural and remote areas.

Argentina: Coverage-QoE Location Counts by MNO
(800m x 800m Bins)

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Coverage-QoE Data Layers Available for 200+ Countries

Coverage-QoE csv exports can provide detailed insights for any specific MNO or group of MNOs, or for all MNOs across more than 200 countries. These layers are optimized for integration into network planning and GIS tools, including Esri ArcGIS and similar platforms.

 

Key Features:

 

  • Connected: Visualize areas where MNOs achieve an average throughput speed of 9 Mbps or higher, suitable for high-resolution video streaming.

  • Under-Connected: Filter and pinpoint locations optimized for specific connectivity needs, such as low-resolution video, audio-only, or text-based communication.

  • Unconnected: Identify regions where specific MNOs register no signal, highlighting areas of connectivity gaps.

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Learn More About Our Solutions

M2Catalyst is the creator of Crowd SiteIntel (CSI), a leading data analytics platform trusted by MNO and tower companies worldwide.  CSI enables the analysis of 1000 sites per hour, benchmarking mobile network performance of all MNOs.

  • ​No RF engineering experience required

  • Instantly available in over 200 Countries

  • Trillions of MNO performance measurements

  • Over 40 million cell IDs mapped globally

  • Benchmarking more than 800 MNOs

  • Map each Cell ID by RSRP, RSRQ, SINR, range, date first detected, frequency/band channel, eNodeB and PCI 

  • Variety of configurations available to user

  • Geographical Selection:

    • Country

    • Region

    • City

  • Customizable Features:

    • Diverse zoom levels

    • Various size categories

  • The CSI dashboard can be licensed for simplified reporting. 

  • Raw data feeds are available and aggregated data layers are available for use in other platforms such as Esri ArcGIS (see the next 2 pages for more info).

    • Data Delivery Options:

      • One-time provision

      • Recurring updates: 3, 6, or 12 months

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Our Data Is Also Available on the Esri ArcGIS Marketplace!

With a commitment to improve the mobile experience for all, M2Catalyst stands at the forefront of innovation for mobile network performance geospatial data, consistently providing advanced solutions and datasets tailored to the ever-evolving needs of the industry. M2Catalyst has also released 4 new data layers on the Esri ArcGIS Marketplace

Featured Data Layers include:

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Discover intricate coverage footprints by Cell ID and eNodeB (cell sites) for each Mobile Network Operator across 200+ countries. Available in CSV format, these data layers offer seven bin sizes, ranging from 20 m x 20m to 11km x 11km, allowing you to examine coverage areas of Cell IDs by MNOs. Additionally, insights on band frequencies deployment are available.

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Harness the power of our cutting-edge AI algorithms that predict the location of cell sites, from macro towers and rooftops to monopoles, small cells, and DAS sites, across 200+ countries.

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Navigate the nuances of RF conditions, from RSRP and SINR to areas with no signal. These data layers are also available in CSV format for over 200 countries and offer a broad range of seven bin sizes from 4m x 4m to an expansive 11km x 11km.

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Unearth the true state of mobile network coverage across the globe with this in-depth data layer that illuminates areas with either fringe network coverage or a complete lack of signal.

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The M2 Crowdsourced Data, which has been developed, collected, aggregated, assembled, formatted, and supplied by M2 through the application of methods and standards of judgment developed and applied through the expenditure of substantial time, effort, and money, constitute confidential and valuable industrial property and trade secrets, and are protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provisions as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. All title and copyrights in and to the M2 Crowdsourced Data and any accompanying printed materials are owned by M2.

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