Best wireless broadband networks for gaming in SA

MyBroadband’s latest Speedtest statistics show that Vodacom offers the best South African latency, at an average of 103ms. Neotel is the worst ranked in SA latency, at 253ms.

On the international Speedtest results, Cell C secured the top spot with an average latency of 302ms, while MTN is the worst ranked for international latency, at 460ms.

For online gamers, an internet connection with consistently low latency and minimal data packet loss is paramount – many games can operate well over a low bandwidth connection, but poor latency can be the downfall of an online match.

While ADSL is the preferred connection type among gamers, unfortunately it is not widely available in South Africa due to a number of factors, meaning that many gamers rely on a wireless internet connection.

MyBroadband’s Speedtest filters results based on IP address ranges, user survey input, and other variables to ensure accurate results are achieved. Tests are made to Johannesburg and London Speedtest servers to differentiate between local and international network performance.

SA Speedtest results

According to the results for the Johannesburg server over the last few months, not only did Vodacom have the best average latency (103ms), but also achieved the highest average download speed (4,837kbps).

The following table provides an overview of the average local download speed, upload speed, and latency for local wireless and mobile broadband providers.

Johannesburg speed test server results
Provider Download speed (kbps) Upload speed (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 4,837 997 103
Cell C 2,848 1161 130
8ta 2,748 1153 145
MTN 1,848 651 220
iBurst 583 194 239
Neotel 795 350 253

International Speedtest results

The international Speedtests to London reveal that Cell C has the best latency (302ms), followed by 8ta and Vodacom. 8ta achieved the best international download speed (2,718kbps), followed by Vodacom and Cell C.

The following table provides an overview of the average international download speed, upload speed, and latency for local wireless and mobile broadband providers.

London speed test server results
Provider Download speed (kbps) Upload speed (kbps) Latency (ms)
Cell C 2,087 677 302
8ta 2,718 816 308
Vodacom 2,639 662 320
Neotel 6,87 224 325
iBurst 512 195 389
MTN 1,679 429 460

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