Top SA results revealed

Forget 21Mbps and even 42Mbps broadband speeds – real techies plug straight into the core network!

By - July 8, 2011

Ookla’s is the undisputed online champion when it comes to broadband speed test with more than one million speed and quality tests daily. 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 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 tests performed over the last month.

A large portion of the 273,000 tests which were performed in June 2011 came from broadband users with MWEB ADSL and Cell C HSPA+.

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 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 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 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
Vodacom 598,879 133,247 4 Johannesburg Vodacom
MTN Network Solutions 487,137 255,398 5 Johannesburg MTN Business
Vodacom 472,197 335,777 5 Johannesburg Vodacom
Internet Solutions 455,332 248,094 2 Johannesburg MTN Business
Vodacom 422,411 175,477 0 Johannesburg Vodacom
Vodacom 422,169 148,446 5 Johannesburg Vodacom
MTN Network Solutions 405,570 245,167 3 Johannesburg MTN Business
Vodacom 403,001 182,247 0 Johannesburg Vodacom
Internet Solutions 402,120 204,456 2 Johannesburg MWEB Connect
Vodacom 400,037 199,883 4 Johannesburg Vodacom
UNINET Project 398,087 144,158 3 Johannesburg MTN Business


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