Best and worst cellular operators in SA

Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, 8ta and Virgin Mobile ranked from the best to the worst based on a recent consumer survey

Mobile operators

8ta was rated as the mobile provider with the highest satisfaction rate, followed by Cell C and MTN. This is according to the latest mobile provider survey conducted by MyBroadband.

MyBroadband asked its members to rate their mobile provider’s voice and SMS service based on the person’s overall satisfaction with the service. Hence, do they get what they expected, or is their experience better or worse than what they expected?

The five point rating scale used in the survey was as follows:

  • 5 – Excellent (much better than expected)
  • 4 – Good (better than expected)
  • 3 – Fair (exactly as expected)
  • 2 – Bad (worse than expected)
  • 1 – Pathetic (much worse than expected)

The survey was completed by 1,174 people spread across the various mobile operators.

All the mobile providers scored a higher than average score on user satisfaction, with 8ta topping the list with a score of 3.64 (out of 5). Cell C was second with 3.34 and MTN third with 3.26.

It was interesting to note that, with the exception of 8ta, all the mobile providers’ average scores were within 3% of each other – an indication that there is currently not a significant difference between the voice and SMS services of the various operators.

The following table shows the ratings received by the various mobile operators.

Provider 5 4 3 2 1 Average
8ta 14 31 13 10 2 3.64
Cell C 20 53 31 20 13 3.34
MTN 30 133 158 52 20 3.26
Vodacom 43 172 216 90 20 3.24
Virgin Mobile 7 7 11 2 6 3.21

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