MyBroadband Insights: What is the best mobile network in SA

MyBroadband Insights’ Q2 2024 Mobile Network Quality Report reveals MTN as South Africa’s top mobile network provider. Based on 288,210 speed tests, MTN leads with an average download speed of 83.08 Mbps and a Network Quality Score of 9.87. Vodacom follows with high 5G speeds, while Cell C shows notable improvements. The national average download speed has risen to 70.41 Mbps, reflecting overall enhanced network performance.

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Issued by MyBroadband Insights

MyBroadband Insights has released its Q2 2024 Mobile Network Quality Report, which shows that MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa.

The report is based on 288,210 speed tests performed by 7,092 mobile data users across South Africa between 1 April 2024 and 30 June 2024.

The testing included data from crowdsourced users and dedicated drive tests, ensuring a balanced and accurate representation of real-world network performance.

The research shows South Africa’s average mobile download speed was 70.41 Mbps, up from 62.27 Mbps a year ago.

The average upload speed was 15.94 Mbps, an increase from 14.88 Mbps over the same period in 2023.

MTN had the highest average download speed at 83.08 Mbps, followed by Vodacom at 79.70 Mbps, Cell C at 54.50 Mbps, and Telkom at 32.29 Mbps.

Rain had the worst performance, with an average download speed of 21.31 Mbps. It was well below the national average and out of sync with the rest of the industry.

MTN performed best in eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay. Vodacom reigned supreme in Johannesburg, Mangaung, and Cape Town.

MTN’s strong network performance is expected. For the past decade, it has invested R10 billion annually in its network infrastructure.

The operator increased its capital expenditure in South Africa by 15% over the last year, which included upgrading infrastructure with advanced batteries and generators.

These upgrades helped MTN to ensure reliable mobile services amidst ongoing electricity problems in South Africa.

Although Vodacom ranked second in overall network performance behind MTN, it achieved the highest 5G speeds.

Vodacom is aggressively expanding its 5G network across South Africa, and the latest results showed the impact of its investment.

The latest report also highlights Cell C’s improvement. Its download speed improved from 38.63 Mbps in Q2 2023 to 54.50 Mbps in Q2 2024.

This improvement is closely linked to Cell C’s migration to MTN’s network and optimisation of its virtual network.

This migration and optimisation helped Cell C cement its position ahead of Telkom and Rain regarding network performance.

Best mobile network in South Africa

To determine the best mobile network in South Africa, a “Network Quality Score” was calculated for each network using download speed, upload speed, and latency.

The Network Quality Score out of 10 then shows how a network performed in relation to other networks.

MTN reigned supreme with a Network Quality Score of 9.87, followed by Vodacom at 8.85, Cell C at 6.83, Telkom at 4.91, and Rain at 4.48.

The table below provides an overview of the mobile network rankings in South Africa.

Network OperatorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)Network Quality Score
MTN83.0824.14309.87
Vodacom79.7014.83308.85
Cell C54.5016.65376.83
Telkom32.2911.79354.91
Rain21.3111.39284.48

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