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MickeyD

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You folks need to start thinking about shared network access as the norm with operators all having roaming agreements in place.

The days of network exclusivity are over. It makes absolutely zero business sense to build your own networks all over the country.

So these types of comparisons don't mean much.
 

Thor

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You folks need to start thinking about shared network access as the norm with operators all having roaming agreements in place.

The days of network exclusivity are over. It makes absolutely zero business sense to build your own networks all over the country.

So these types of comparisons don't mean much.
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supersunbird

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With Vodacom you'd have to be a millionaire to benefit from using lots of data at those speeds.

I'd rather take more and much cheaper Telkom data and roam at slow H+ speeds on MTN.
 

jmak

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And who would you complain to about bad service? And what could the consumer do to motivate a business to provide a better service? You cant take your money somewhere else... you will have the same experience. Some of us rely on fast data connections while working remotely. With a national network you may very well end up not even being able to make a video call at reasonable quality in the evenings. It all sounds good, buy very few countries succeeded in making a decent model from communism, and a national broadband network owned by government is pretty damn close to it.
 

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You folks need to start thinking about shared network access as the norm with operators all having roaming agreements in place.

The days of network exclusivity are over. It makes absolutely zero business sense to build your own networks all over the country.

So these types of comparisons don't mean much.
I think network quality is still a differentiating factor in our market. When there is blanket roaming across networks it will be different, but this is a long way off. After Vodacom and MTN pumped billions into improving their networks, they will want to make some of that money back through customer acquisition.
 

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I think network quality is still a differentiating factor in our market. When there is blanket roaming across networks it will be different, but this is a long way off. After Vodacom and MTN pumped billions into improving their networks, they will want to make some of that money back through customer acquisition.
Not necessarily as at some stage in the very near future they will hit the ceiling regarding growth. The only way they can recoup their investments is to get traffic flowing through their network and that's where the roaming and network sharing agreements come in.
 

cavedog

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Yeah Vodacom is the clear winner smashing MTN to the ground with a mere 0.18Mbps.....

Not sure how that qualifies as a clear winner. It lools like a marginal win.

One would expect a way bigger margin the way Vodacom is going on about their network being the best in sa.....
 

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Upload speed is a bit higher as well. Latency is a lot better. And no failed tests compared to 6 on MTN. 6 failed out of 69 tests is 8,7% failure rate.

The results showed that Vodacom was the only network which could be trusted to provide reliable connectivity across the North West province.
 

Dlamaqhinga

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Not necessarily as at some stage in the very near future they will hit the ceiling regarding growth. The only way they can recoup their investments is to get traffic flowing through their network and that's where the roaming and network sharing agreements come in.
But it is already happening, as Telkom roams on MTN, and Cell C on Vodacom. so in a nutshell we only have 2 national networks, which is good for the competition.
 

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But it is already happening, as Telkom roams on MTN, and Cell C on Vodacom. so in a nutshell we only have 2 national networks, which is good for the competition.
Only to an extent, eg. MTN won't allow Telkom onto their LTE network; same with Vodacom and Cell C.
 

Dlamaqhinga

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Only to an extent, eg. MTN won't allow Telkom onto their LTE network; same with Vodacom and Cell C.
Is it not because both MTN & Vodacom, don't have enough capacity / spectrum for LTE / 4G, thus opening up the limited they have to 3rd party will hurt their own business?
 

Ho3n3r

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Wouldn't touch either of the top 2 again with a 100 foot pole. Data would be finished as soon as I switch on mobile data anyway, as data with them is way too expensive.
 

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Would be interesting to have someone that knows stats to take a look. At a quick glance, even though MTN has some spotty areas, they seem to have more consistent speeds across the region.

Also: the single 4708 test in Koster Hospital for MTN skews the average latency - it's quite obvious an outlier of this magnitude shouldn't be used in the average calculation. Without this, MTN's at 51ms latency.

Also: it looks like the speed averages have included sites which had no coverage - I assume that the result calculation for the article were done in excel - tip for next time, make the cell blank, and don't have a "0" there, and it'll skip it in calculating the average, then you'll get 20.4 MTN vs 19.1 Vodacom.

So I'd say from my limited knowledge, more realistic results would be:
MTN: 20,4Mbps, 51ms latency
Vodacom: 19.2Mbps, 42ms latency

Not so clear cut. But we'd need someone that knows more to say if the correct average functions are being used, and to get an answer on the consistency.

.. then you'd want to add a coverage stat to account for that data (the 0's) which was excluded from the averages.

Such a pity that someone went to all the work collecting this data and basically made it useless by not giving a thought to what they were doing when compiling the results.
 
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Gaz{M}

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Definitely incorrect to include a zero in an average calculation. You should only use non-zero values. Also, Telkom roams on MTN, so theoretically, you get MTN coverage at Telkom prices.
 

Marius Flash

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Always been with Vodacom for many many years, that is until they decided to get expensive - moved to Cell C , but Cell C has now also got expensive with their mobile data, so maybe back to Vodacom or MTN or maybe Telkom??? Oh what the heck ! They all on the same bandwagon - now are they not ?
 

sajunky

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Get one SIM from Cell C (roaming Vodacom), another from Telkom (roaming MTN). Make sure that you have roaming data loaded on both SIM's and you are a winner.
 

marine1

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I would love to take sims and test myself but not using speedtest
 
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