As games get bigger, South African gamers need to consider faster internet connections to download large games quickly.
A high-speed internet connection combined with low network latency is ideally what every gamer wants since it gets you the best multiplayer experience for games that don’t have local servers.
The MyBroadband Insights report recently revealed the best-performing South African internet service providers (ISPs) with the highest speeds.
The results are based on the data collected via MyBroadband’s speed test platforms between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022.
Cybersmart offered the highest average download and upload speeds over this period — 118.55 Mbps for downloads and 113.55 Mbps for uploads.
Cool Ideas came in second with 71.11 Mbps down and 55.91 Mbps up, followed by Webafrica’s 68.37 Mbps download speed and 68.66 Mbps upload speed.
Below is a table showing the average speeds recorded on South Africa’s biggest ISPs.
|Fastest ISPs – Q1 2022|
|ISP||Average Download Speed (Mbps)||Average Upload Speed (Mbps)|
Download speeds are, however, not the only important factor when it comes to gaming — players also need low network latency for the best online multiplayer experience.
MyBroadband’s Insights report also processed the average latency for each ISP, and Cool Ideas came out on top with just 18.85 milliseconds (ms).
Home Connect followed closely with a 19.95 ms delay, while RSAWeb came in third at 20.57 ms.
The below table shows the average latency of the major South African ISPs.
|ISP average network latency|
|ISP||Average Latency (ms)|
Consumers who aren’t satisfied with their current internet services, haven’t upgraded to fibre yet, or don’t have any prominent ISPs available in their area still have excellent offerings from some of the country’s smaller ISPs.
Many of these smaller ISPs often give customers great value for money while offering extra services.
For example, RocketNet CEO Simon Swanepoel told MyGaming that customers waiting for fibre installation get a free LTE router with an uncapped data limit.
Therefore, if a customer’s fibre connection fails after successful installation, they can maintain their connection by switching to the SIM router.
MyBroadband’s speed test data indicates that RocketNet’s average download speed is 63 Mbps, making it one of the fastest smaller fibre providers.
The table below shows the average download speeds of several smaller local ISPs.
|Smaller ISP average download speeds|
|ISP||Average Download Speed (Mbps)|
|Mind The Speed||36|