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
Test Operator Area Result
Highest Download Speed Vodacom Polokwane 157Mbps
Highest Upload Speed Vodacom Polokwane 25Mbps
Lowest Latency MTN Pretoria 17ms
Coverage Vodacom and MTN Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo 750+ tests

Peak Network Performance

Peak Network Performance
Operator Tests Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 350 42,897 11,888 39
MTN 350 32,540 12,459 31
Rain 350 28,542 6,128 41
Telkom 350 19,743 5,144 42
CellC 350 8,305 2,506 96

Average Network Performance

Average Network Performance
Operator Successful tests Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 753 25,548 8,066 48
Rain 397 25,212 5,469 43
MTN 752 19,699 7,479 54
Telkom 435 16,121 4,612 48
CellC 447 6,556 2,051 117

Drive Test Maps

The maps below show where MyBroadband conducted its drive tests.

Drive Tests











Network test maps

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





Cell C






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