Fastest South African ISPs for gamers

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)
Cybersmart 118.55 113.55
Cool Ideas 71.11 55.91
Webafrica 68.37 68.66
Metrofibre Networx 65.54 47.45
Afrihost 60.65 45.87
RSAWEB 59.73 48.16
Axxess 52.61 44.72
Home Connect 48.26 45.45
MWEB 43.13 35.48
Vox Telecom 40.62 38.25
Supersonic 34.52 36.79
Rain 34.36 20.21
Airmobile 33.56 28.75
MTN 33.10 23.57
Internet Solutions 30.49 33.70
HeroTel 30.06 30.94
Vodacom 28.65 20.59
Liquid Telecoms 24.36 25.51
Cell C 23.11 17.94
Telkom 21.66 16.04
Jenny-internet 8.93 15.80
Ikeja 3.94 6.14

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)
Cool Ideas 18.85
Home Connect 19.59
RSAWEB 20.57
Cybersmart 21.43
Webafrica 21.85
Metrofibre Networx 22.49
Vox Telecom 30.71
MWEB 31.5
Afrihost 33.7
Axxess 35.29
HeroTel 41.26
Supersonic 52
Internet Solutions 53.34
Vodacom 54.44
Liquid Telecoms 55.12
Jenny-internet 60.14
Telkom 60.31
Airmobile 66
MTN 72.92
Cell C 82.5
Rain 84.81
Ikeja 92.36

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)
Rocketnet 63
Metrofibre Networx 51
Cybersmart 42
Level-7 37
Mind The Speed 36
Airmobile 34
Accelerit 23
Wirulink 22
Letaba Networks 8
Jenny Internet 7
Ikeja 5

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