MyBroadband War Drive: Vodacom vs MTN vs Cell C vs Telkom – the winner is clear

MyBroadband’s latest War Drive reveals which SA mobile network gives you the best data download speeds.

By - March 7, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
Network Test

Vodacom has claimed top spot in MyBroadband’s 2016 War Drive, which tested the download speeds of South Africa’s mobile operators’ mobile data networks.

The tests were conducted around Gauteng’s main business and residential areas between Johannesburg and Pretoria – using four Huawei Mate S smartphones and a prepaid SIM card from Vodacom, Telkom, Cell C, and MTN.

The Ookla speed test app – downloaded from the Google Play Store – was used to test data speeds, and tests across the four networks were conducted simultaneously (while stationary).

Vodacom took first place in the “average download speed category”, and also earned 6 out of 10 places in the “top 10 download speeds” category.

Telkom took second place in average download speeds, with Cell C and MTN coming third and fourth respectively.

MyBroadband War Drive – the results

The graphic below details the results of MyBroadband’s 2016 War Drive.

MyBroadband War Drive Test Results

Full results

The table below details the full results of the War Drive.

MyBroadband War Drive – Test Results
Network
Vodacom
Telkom
Cell C
MTN
Speed – Mbps Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload
Midstream Estate 13.44 17.21 7.8 0.3 13.94 0.19 24.4 9.27
Southdowns 41.08 21.05 32.65 8.64 32.86 5.67 26.81 10.17
Centurion CBD 18.91 19.38 15.06 2.53 21.52 16.62 4.41 6.07
Groenkloof 23.22 15.83 32.46 7.3 11.4 3.14 13.27 3.82
Brooklyn 48.33 14.08 21.87 7.07 33.7 23.86 18.64 22.52
University of Pretoria 14.66 4.9 19.86 1.48 13.85 13.71 3.36 3.75
Hatfield 11.69 5.89 25.36 4.72 1.23 0.56 5.47 9.59
Pres. Zuma’s PTA house 9.31 2.53 27.48 2.07 6.2 2.53 19.41 10.19
Union Buildings 45.28 22.08 25.88 5.06 13.88 6.55 2.4 6.31
Loftus 17.64 17.61 24.43 4.26 16.52 14.57 13.53 2.67
Waterkloof 12.43 6.77 0.33 0.14 8.47 1.56 3.14 3.29
Erasmusrand 50.61 18.65 12.44 7.1 53.67 23.23 54.66 22.56
Valley View Estate 12.87 10.99 24.4 2.82 7.14 2.53 3.68 6.16
Midrand 6.8 19.25 0.64 0.07 3.25 0.35 2.54 0.32
Waterval 9.08 4.81 5.27 1.8 10.89 11.78 3.17 3.54
Sunninghill 12.33 3.5 3.18 0.23 2.89 1.25 3.76 8.02
Kyalami 22.64 16.08 23.93 3.55 27.94 17.64 11.26 10.6
Monte Casino 26.32 20.59 27.74 6.66 20.03 22.38 6.67 5.09
Craigavon A.H. 8.62 0.05 18.64 0.94 1.75 0.07 8.6 4.51
Fourways High School 13.49 0.53 8.98 2.42 10.62 6.57 3.04 1.59
Bryanston 19.96 21.46 16.24 3.41 18.97 24.97 5.46 10.03
1 Sandton Drive 33.04 5.58 28.46 4.21 12.01 3.31 0.9 0.98
Hyde Park Corner 3.73 0.94 16.88 1.81 6.05 0.04 0.92 1.42
Rosebank 17.88 4.42 1.88 0.2 18.69 8.1 0.56 0.1
Johannesburg Zoo 39.04 17.95 1.42 1.1 40.83 12.97 20.09 3.82
Wits 24.63 15.98 25.34 1.09 7.19 1.06 9.36 9.76
Melville 53.43 17.73 18.14 6.83 22.14 2.12 6.84 7.56
Univeristy of Johannesburg 38.9 22.2 28.85 2.97 39 8.66 5.42 9.78
AVERAGE 23.19 12.43 17.70 3.24 17.02 8.43 10.06 6.91

Huawei Mate S

A big thanks to Huawei for providing MyBroadband with four Mate S smartphones for the tests.

Huawei Mate S

More on mobile networks

SIM-swap victim feels betrayed by FNB, MTN after losing R200,000

Check if your cellphone contract is the best deal with Tariffic

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you support Afrihost’s plan to buy back its shares from MTN?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Naspers profit climbs on Tencent, e-commerce boost

Naspers logo on wall

Tencent and e-commerce businesses have helped lift Naspers’ revenues by 6% to $12.2bn for the financial year ended March 31 2016.

MTN hits back over its white CEO

Robert Rob Shuter MTN CEO

Mobile operator MTN has hit back at claims by the Black Management Forum that its new CEO should have been black, in keeping with the spirit of transformation.

Big birthday sales and other tech specials

Tech Sale Deals

Dion Wired and Incredible Connection are running big birthday sales, Game is offering Red Hot Buys, and Makro has its usual weekly specials.

Why MultiChoice is challenging e.tv’s TV box victory

DStv logo on decoder

Encrypted digital TV set-top boxes risk being expensive for government and burdening poorer South Africans with defunct technology, says pay-TV provider MultiChoice.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
×