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South Africa’s best mobile network revealed

October 22, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

MyBroadband Insights has released its Q3 2019 Mobile Network Quality Report, which shows that MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa. The report, based on 314,751-speed tests performed by thousands of Android Speed Test App users, documents five major South African network providers between 1 July and 30 September 2019.

MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa, according to the latest report from My Broadband Insights.

The research shows that South Africa had an average mobile download speed of 24.68 Mbps and an average upload speed of 9.03Mbps.

MTN had the highest average download speed at 35.31Mbps, followed by Vodacom on 31.19Mbps, Telkom on 22.42Mbps, Cell C on 17.18Mbps and Rain on 16.71Mbps.

Here’s an overview of the mobile network rankings in South Africa:

Network Operator Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps) Latency (ms) Network Quality Score
MTN 35.31 14.05 32 10.00
Vodacom 31.19 11.35 36 8.72
Telkom 22.42 4.93 37 6.23
Rain 16.71 7.66 33 5.88
Cell C 17.18 8.08 42 5.58

To determine the best mobile network in South Africa, a “Network Quality Score” was calculated for each network using download speed, upload speed, and latency – the score out of 10 then shows how the network performed in relation to other networks.

MTN reigned supreme with a Network Quality Score of 10.00, followed by Vodacom on 8.72, Telkom on 6.23, Rain on 5.88, and Cell C on 5.58.

The report also included network quality rankings for South Africa’s major cities. MTN was a clear winner in Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane while Vodacom and MTN shared the spoils in Johannesburg. Rain had the worst network in Johannesburg and Pretoria while Cell C was the worst network in Durban and Cape Town.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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