Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MyBroadband network drive tests – Impressive results

MyBroadband recently conducted mobile network drive tests in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo, which showed that Vodacom has the best network in these regions.

The tests were conducted between 21-25 September, using a test bench with five Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones running the MyBroadband Speed Test App.

Speed tests were conducted at regular intervals on a route through rural areas and larger towns and cities in the provinces.

Over 2,500 speed tests were conducted on Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, and Rain's networks over the five days.

Test results

The results showed that Vodacom and MTN had the best coverage, with a higher number of successful tests than their competitors.

Vodacom also produced the highest average download speed, which is impressive considering it had the highest number of tests in rural areas without LTE coverage.

Rain was the biggest surprise. The operator had good coverage in most cities and towns which we visited, and its LTE-A network produced a solid performance.

The table below provides an overview of the results of the MyBroadband drive tests in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo.

It should be noted that only providing an average download speed per network is not a fair measure, as it disadvantages operators with good 3G coverage in rural areas – like Vodacom and MTN.

To overcome this problem, we have included a peak performance comparison – where the top 350 speed tests for each operator was used.

Top Results

Top Results
TestOperatorAreaResult
Highest Download SpeedVodacomPolokwane157Mbps
Highest Upload SpeedVodacomPolokwane25Mbps
Lowest LatencyMTNPretoria17ms
CoverageVodacom and MTNGauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo750+ tests

Peak Network Performance

Peak Network Performance
OperatorTestsDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom35042,89711,88839
MTN35032,54012,45931
Rain35028,5426,12841
Telkom35019,7435,14442
CellC3508,3052,50696

Average Network Performance

Average Network Performance
OperatorSuccessful testsDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom75325,5488,06648
Rain39725,2125,46943
MTN75219,6997,47954
Telkom43516,1214,61248
CellC4476,5562,051117

Drive Test Maps

The maps below show where MyBroadband conducted its drive tests.

Drive Tests

Emalahleni

Middelburg

Machadadorp

Nelspruit

Sabie

Lydenburg

Dullstroom

Burgersfort

Polokwane

Mokopane


Network test maps

The individual test maps for each operator, below, show the coverage in the areas where MyBroadband conducted its tests.

Vodacom

Vodacom

MTN

MTN

Cell C

Cell-C

Telkom

Telkom

Rain

Rain


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