Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Shopping mall mobile data speed shootout – Interesting results

MyBroadband has tested mobile data speeds inside Gauteng's biggest shopping malls, which showed that Vodacom and MTN provide the best performance.

MyBroadband performed thousands of download, upload, and latency tests in the malls using test benches running the MyBroadband Android Speed Test App.

The research was completed between 1-10 October, with tests conducted throughout the shopping malls to ensure accurate results.

The results showed that Vodacom and MTN had the best performance and the best coverage in the malls.

Vodacom recorded the highest average performance in 8 malls, with MTN winning 6 malls, Cell C winning 2, and Rain topping the results in 1 mall.

The highest recorded peak speed was in Brooklyn Mall, with Vodacom producing a download speed of 172Mbps.

The tests further showed that the malls had excellent LTE coverage from all the operators, with average speeds often exceeding 40Mbps.

The tables below provide an overview of the speed test results.

Results Summary
OperatorNumber of Malls Won
Vodacom8
MTN6
Cell C2
Rain1
Telkom0
Highest Speed Recorded173Mbps – Vodacom in Brooklyn Mall
Best CoverageVodacom and MTN
MallBest Average Performance
Brooklyn MallVodacom
Centurion MallCell C
Cradlestone MallVodacom
Design QuarterVodacom
EastgateMTN
FourwaysVodacom
KolonnadeRain
Mall of AfricaVodacom
MenlynVodacom
Menlyn MaineVodacom
MontecasinoMTN
NorthgateMTN
Rosebank MallMTN
Sandton CityMTN
SouthgateCell C
WestgateVodacom
WoodlandsMTN

Individual Results

The tables below show how the operators performed in each shopping mall.

Each red dot with a green circle around it indicates a single speed test. The red dots get bigger when multiple tests are performed in close proximity.


Mall of Africa – Vodacom wins

Mall of Africa
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom46,92711,46139
MTN35,28214,07224
CellC34,77412,40429
Rain6,49043648
Telkom4,3411,233163
Top SpeedVodacom – 84,834

Mall-of-Africa


Sandton City – MTN wins

Sandton City
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN40,03214,41324
Vodacom37,06819,93934
Telkom26,7739,24825
Cell C18,90413,45926
Rain3,9327163
Top SpeedTelkom – 78,849

Sandton-City


Brooklyn Mall – Vodacom wins

Brooklyn Mall
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom81,82017,46126
MTN42,44614,52122
Telkom15,0611,90226
Rain14,97529551
CellC5,3601,18392
Top SpeedVodacom – 172,933

Brooklyn Mall


Menlyn Shopping Centre – Vodacom wins

Menlyn Shopping Centre
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom38,3739,42781
MTN33,6949,63929
Cell C28,90811,10029
Telkom13,0993,840113
Rain12,1041,53843
Top SpeedVodacom – 89,406

Menlyn


Centurion Mall – Cell C wins

Centurion Mall
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Cell C29,28788430
MTN28,6299,38646
Telkom26,7923,12130
Vodacom23,66713,38745
Rain10,3462,17833
Top SpeedTelkom – 78,686

Centurion-Mall


Woodlands Boulevard – MTN wins

Woodlands Boulevard
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN38,29417,64421
Rain35,1915,95127
Vodacom32,66217,62828
Cell C23,5431,60127
Telkom13,5188,80023
Top SpeedVodacom – 84,834

Woodlands


Cradlestone Mall – Vodacom wins

Cradlestone Mall
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom49,06518,37133
MTN34,27212,27325
Cell C30,56010,60526
Telkom22,6241,87035
Rain1,04321946
Top SpeedVodacom – 64,417

Cradlestone Mall


Westgate – Vodacom wins

Westgate
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom23,29210,91535
Cell C23,2804,08829
MTN21,66811,58526
Telkom19,98811,09534
Rain6,82046350
Top SpeedCell C – 59,824

Westgate Mall


Montecasino – MTN wins

Montecasino
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN48,12416,62622
Vodacom29,77115,88528
Telkom28,9618,68726
Cell C18,75813,94526
Rain6,43644587
Top SpeedMTN – 74,775

Montecasino


Design Quarter – Vodacom wins

Design Quarter
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom57,51010,53866
Rain43,5518,38824
Telkom35,4373,20525
MTN26,27013,12422
Cell C23,1834,62925
Top SpeedVodacom – 74,969

Design Quarter


Rosebank Mall – MTN wins

Rosebank Mall
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN36,96917,98522
Vodacom32,32911,63324
Cell C19,34910,34325
Telkom13,6341,99932
Rain553277781
Top SpeedTelkom – 72,422

Rosebank


Southgate – Cell C wins

Southgate
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Cell C28,25416,55331
MTN28,08518,67721
Telkom24,8837,26123
Vodacom22,24415,06631
Rain9,7253,41344
Top SpeedTelkom – 59,343

Southgate


Eastgate – MTN wins

Eastgate
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN25,26411,17027
Vodacom20,3388,28240
Telkom19,2198,52370
Rain5,02879044
Cell C3,839860714
Top SpeedMTN – 33,936

Eastgate


Kolonnade Shopping Centre – Rain wins

Kolonnade Shopping Centre
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Rain45,6874,33534
MTN34,3549,80340
Telkom25,9955,34923
Vodacom23,7419,28844
Cell C4,0093,21076
Top SpeedRain – 111,657

Kolonnade


Menlyn Maine – Vodacom wins

Menlyn Maine
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom67,00513,95734
MTN52,83512,84224
Rain26,9026,71728
Cell C23,5579,22733
Telkom15,4578,01124
Top SpeedVodacom – 161,529

Menlyn Maine


Fourways Mall – Vodacom wins

Fourways Mall
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
Vodacom34,57726,45527
CellC31,51418,91524
MTN18,9049,19229
Rain10,7885,10931
Telkom7,5703,950109
Top SpeedVodacom – 63,404

Fourways


Northgate – MTN wins

Northgate
OperatorDownload (kbps)Upload (kbps)Latency (ms)
MTN42,93615,66421
Vodacom20,89215,64425
Cell C12,3128,680141
Telkom8,0121,09262
Rain2,9855,30827
Top SpeedMTN – 64,486

Northgate


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