Best mobile Internet connections in SA

Looking at the latest MyBroadband Speedtest results for wireless broadband connections in South Africa reveals that MTN LTE has the fastest average download speed (29.61 Mbps) while Vodacom LTE boasts the highest average upload speed (12.02 Mbps).

Based on 25,699 Speedtests among South Africa’s wireless broadband providers, the average download speed was 18.76 Mbps.

MyBroadband’s Speedtest results are powered by Ookla’s Speedtest platform. The results have been filtered and aggregated (Joburg, Cape Town, and London test servers) to represent the best overall wireless broadband ISP performance across South Africa.

Below are the latest results:

Wireless broadband speeds – MyBroadband Speedtest results (30 days to 10 April 2014)
Rank ISP Service Download Speed Upload Speed
1 MTN MTN LTE 29.61 Mbps 5.76 Mbps
2 Vodacom Vodacom LTE 19.36 Mbps 12.02 Mbps
3 MTN MTN 3G 18.19 Mbps 1.34 Mbps
4 8ta 8ta LTE 16.46 Mbps 3.28 Mbps
5 Vodacom Vodacom 3G 9.29 Mbps 1.75 Mbps
6 8ta 8ta 3G 3.48 Mbps 1.06 Mbps
7 Cell C Cell C LTE 2.5 Mbps 1.42 Mbps
8 Cell C Cell C 3G 2.47 Mbps 0.9 Mbps
9 Neotel CDMA Neotel CDMA 0.72 Mbps 0.31 Mbps
10 iBurst Wireless iBurst Wireless 0.61 Mbps 0.21 Mbps

Mobile broadband latency

Another important measure of broadband performance is latency – the amount of time it takes for a data packet to be sent from the user, to a server, and returned to the user. This is typically measured in milliseconds (ms). For online gaming, the lower your latency, the better your experience will be.

The results below are based on 24,882 Speedtests conducted to MyBroadband’s South African Speedtest server.

Wireless broadband South African latency – MyBroadband Speedtest results (30 days to 10 April 2014)
Rank ISP Service Speed
1 Vodacom Vodacom LTE 45 ms
2 8ta 8ta LTE 62 ms
3 MTN MTN 3G 87 ms
4 MTN MTN LTE 89 ms
5 Vodacom Vodacom 3G 92 ms
6 Cell C Cell C LTE 94 ms
7 8ta 8ta 3G 117 ms
8 Cell C Cell C 3G 177 ms
9 iBurst Wireless iBurst Wireless 203 ms
10 Neotel CDMA Neotel CDMA 218 ms

The results below are based on 13,189 Speedtests conducted to MyBroadband’s South African Speedtest server.

Wireless broadband international latency – MyBroadband Speedtest results (30 days to 10 April 2014)
Rank ISP Service Speed
1 MTN MTN LTE 234 ms
2 Vodacom Vodacom LTE 238 ms
3 MTN MTN 3G 247 ms
4 Vodacom Vodacom 3G 282 ms
5 8ta 8ta LTE 289 ms
6 8ta 8ta 3G 294 ms
7 Cell C Cell C 3G 295 ms
8 Neotel CDMA Neotel CDMA 306 ms
9 iBurst Wireless iBurst Wireless 434 ms

Note that all of the results above are filtered to ensure that these are an accurate representation of what a real-world user might experience; in other words, none of the results include tests done from core locations on the respective networks of the ISPs listed.

In South Africa, the MyBroadband Speedtest platform is powered by Ookla technology, and the platform is hosted at Teraco and NAPAfrica’s vendor neutral data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. More info here: MyBroadband speed test: bigger and better

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