Best broadband latency in SA revealed

The latest Speedtest.net statistics show that Mweb subscribers enjoy the lowest national latency while Cell C users have the lowest international latency.

In November 2011, 305,640 speed tests were performed in South Africa using Ookla’s Speedtest.net servers. Of these tests the majority came from subscribers of Internet Solutions, Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom and Cell C.

As the Speedtest.net statistics contain results from standard broadband connections and core networks, the statistics were filtered to remove tests which were not performed from commercial broadband connections.

The results were then separated into South African and International speed tests to ascertain which ISP’s network had the lowest latency.

According to the November 2011 Speedtest.net stats, Mweb had the lowest South African latency with 84ms, followed by Internet Solutions (92ms) and Neotel (93ms).

It should be noted that Neotel’s tests were not only performed from their wireless consumer offerings, but also from their fibre NeoBroadband services.

South African latency
ISP Latency (ms) Download Speed (kbps) Upload Speed (kbps)
Mweb Connect 84.93 1912.74 348.53
Internet Solutions 91.61 1976.40 519.57
Neotel 92.96 2555.72 3347.87
WebAfrica 99.86 2589.73 427.14
Telkom 104.42 2106.64 662.33
Cell C 109.42 3075.52 1200.84
Cybersmart 115.19 2061.98 390.59
iBurst 161.12 833.55 521.65
MTN Network Solutions 162.82 1995.36 933.51
Vodacom 212.83 3001.30 978.15

When it came to international latency, Cell C was the top ISP with 309ms, followed by MWEB Connect (315ms) and Neotel (340ms).

International latency
ISP Latency (ms) Download Speed (kbps) Upload Speed (kbps)
Cell C 309.41 1855.55 704.31
Mweb Connect 314.64 1571.14 256.65
Neotel 340.24 1882.40 1340.58
Internet Solutions 345.74 1380.59 426.48
Cybersmart 350.20 2598.90 345.44
WebAfrica 375.70 2401.85 344.14
Telkom 408.80 1402.67 556.78
iBurst 411.67 719.01 310.58
Vodacom 448.49 2330.43 591.09
MTN Network Solutions 503.34 1594.60 629.82

 

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