Ookla’s Speedtest.net is the undisputed online champion when it comes to broadband speed test with more than one million speed and quality tests daily.
Speedtest.net has also been used widely in telecoms research to compare broadband speeds globally and establish Internet speed trends, including the Global Broadband Quality Study from Oxford University.
Ookla is making their Speedtest.net results available through their Net Index data offering – the richest and most comprehensive information ever compiled and released regarding global broadband statistics.
The latest Net Index statistics reveal that South Africa has an average download speed of 2.93Mbps and an average upload speed of 1.09Mbps. These South African results are based on over 200,000 Speedtest.net tests performed over the last month.
MWEB Connect subscribers performed the highest number of tests (67,308), followed by Internet Solutions (50,956) and Cell C (49,748). Vodacom came in fourth with 21,715 tests in June 2011.
Top speed test results
While many broadband subscribers proudly post speeds exceeding 10Mbps using their 21Mbps or 42Mbps HSPA+ dongles on Cell C or Vodacom, this will not impress the hardcore network techies.
From the latest Speedtest.net results it is clear that true techies don’t bother with commercial broadband connections such as ADSL or HSPA+; they plug straight into the core network!
The latest Speedtest.net results for South Africa reveal that Vodacom recorded the highest result last month with 598,879Kbps, followed by MTN Network Solutions with 487,137Kbps.
The table below lists the top 10 speed test results from Speedtest.net in June 2011. It is interesting to note that all these tests were performed to Johannesburg servers, with latencies ranging between 0ms and 5ms.
|Test Network||Download Speed (Kbps)||Upload Speed (Kbps)||Latency (ms)||Test Server||Test Server|
|MTN Network Solutions||487,137||255,398||5||Johannesburg||MTN Business|
|Internet Solutions||455,332||248,094||2||Johannesburg||MTN Business|
|MTN Network Solutions||405,570||245,167||3||Johannesburg||MTN Business|
|Internet Solutions||402,120||204,456||2||Johannesburg||MWEB Connect|
|UNINET Project||398,087||144,158||3||Johannesburg||MTN Business|