South African mobile networks tested at 120km/h on the N1

MyBroadband’s latest War Drive reveals which mobile networks perform the best while travelling at speed.

By - March 8, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
Mobile Network Operator Telkom Vodacom MTN Cell C

Cell C and Telkom have emerged victors in MyBroadband’s latest War Drive mobile network tests, while travelling.

MyBroadband recently took 4 Huawei Mate S smartphones and a prepaid SIM card from each of South Africa’s main mobile operators, and tested how well their data services worked while travelling along the N1 freeway.

Tests were conducted using the Ookla speed test app – downloaded from the Google Play store – while travelling at 120km/h on the N1 in Gauteng.

Speed tests were conducted simultaneously across the four devices at multiple points along the N1.

The route tested was between the Beyers Naudé off-ramp and the Old Johannesburg off-ramp – one of the busiest stretches of road in the country.

Cell C claimed top spot in the “average download speed” category, while Telkom scored the single highest download speed of the day.

War Drive results

The infographic below shows the results of the network tests.

MyBroadband War Drive - Mobile Networks at 120kmh

Full results

The table below details the full results of the tests.

MyBroadband War Drive – Tests at 120km/h
Cell C
Speed – Mbps Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload
N1: Beyers Naudé 15.74 10.99 12.21 3.06 9.94 10.23 3.38 6.30
N1: Malibongwe 36.69 22.42 54.68 5.81 20.18 17.43 12.28 6.24
N1: William Nicol 10.92 8.15 6.36 9.94 5.43 2.63 0.14 0.23
N1: Rivonia 24.66 23.01 29.39 2.84 6.17 20.13 3.00 5.61
N1: Buccleuch Interchange 10.08 9.67 10.97 6.16 31.13 18.84 15.43 1.33
N1: Allandale 14.01 14.49 11.11 6.26 3.73 17.32 5.30 5.52
N1: New Road 12.31 9.48 8.54 2.03 18.79 21.22 14.61 10.26
N1: Olifantsfontein 17.84 22.03 3.10 2.19 13.76 11.67 2.95 4.07
N1: Samrand 12.08 23.23 15.95 6.68 25.54 6.28 2.96 7.66
N1: Old Johannesburg Road 16.40 14.63 6.67 2.25 14.14 14.63 1.86 2.43
Average Speed 17.1 15.8 15.9 4.7 14.9 14.0 6.2 4.9

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

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