Network Speed Tests for Durban (Vodacom, MTN, Cell C & 8ta)

Noock

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So since I am receiving such poor service from my current service provider, I'm going to port across to another network in about 2 months. So I've decided I'm going conduct a little experiment to see which service provider has the best network speeds in Durban and also the most consistent network. This is all in terms of data, not calls.

So here is my proposed experimental method:

Method for measuring speed: Speedtest.net
Device to be tested on: Samsung Galaxy Ace Advance S6800 (waiting for contract to end to get my S4).

Test method:
I will have 4 sim cards, one for each network.
I will perform a speedtest (which includes ping, download speed and upload speed) 5 times with each sim card, once I am finished with one sim card I will record the results and then swap to the next sim card immediately.
I will perform these tests at as many locations in durban as possible, can't say how many yet. Definitely in morningside and CBD, not sure where else yet.
I will perform these tests multiple times, on different days, just in case one network is having an off day, thus minimalizing the risk of non-realistic results.
That's about it really.

I will then average out the results, showing average network speeds for durban, and also for each specific area.


I do understand that this method of testing isn't bulletproof, and if anyone has any suggestions for me I'd love to hear how I can improve the method.

I hope to purchase all the sim cards tomorrow and start the testing.

Cheers
Nick
 

ginggs

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Don't let speedtest.net pick the server automatically, rather manually choose the same server every time.
I find the Neology server in Midrand gives the most consistent results.
Are you going to do local and international speed tests?

From:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_ace_advance_s6800-5114.php
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
So your phone only does 7.2Mbps, any chance your could use a laptop and 21/42Mbps modem for your tests?
 
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Noock

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Don't let speedtest.net pick the server automatically, rather manually choose the same server every time.
I find the Neology server in Midrand gives the most consistent results.
Are you going to do local and international speed tests?

From:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_ace_advance_s6800-5114.php

So your phone only does 7.2Mbps, any chance your could use a laptop and 21/42Mbps modem for your tests?
Yes I'll manually choose the server if possible. Although when I tried now I could not find the option to do that on the application.
I'll just be doing local speedtests, what benefit would international have?

To be honest I didn't realise this phone only had 7.2 HSDPA (guilty), I only got it like a week ago, it's a temp device, since my S2 got stolen recently. I'll try and see if I can get my hands on something that is 42Mbps capable.


What do you think about the overall idea of the test, do you think it's worthwhile and the results will be meaningful?
 

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You might also want to ping the following websites/ip-addresses:
- www.new24.com (Ranked as South Africa's top website - http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/67796-top-websites-in-south-africa.html)
- www.google.co.za (Almost everyone uses it daily)
- 8.8.8.8 (google's DNS server)
- website of the mobile operator whose SIM card you are using (assuming they don't filter ICMP packets)

You may also want to test the following, as traffic shaping and caching will also impact your performance.
- Download the same video from Youtube with each SIM card. Measure how long it takes for the video to finish.
- Visit the same https://www.facebook.com page. https content cannot be cached. Measure how long it takes for the webpage to load.
- Make a VoIP call.
 

Noock

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You might also want to ping the following websites/ip-addresses:
- www.new24.com (Ranked as South Africa's top website - http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/67796-top-websites-in-south-africa.html)
- www.google.co.za (Almost everyone uses it daily)
- 8.8.8.8 (google's DNS server)
- website of the mobile operator whose SIM card you are using (assuming they don't filter ICMP packets)

You may also want to test the following, as traffic shaping and caching will also impact your performance.
- Download the same video from Youtube with each SIM card. Measure how long it takes for the video to finish.
- Visit the same https://www.facebook.com page. https content cannot be cached. Measure how long it takes for the webpage to load.
- Make a VoIP call.
This is sounding like a lot more work than I anticipated. Alright I'll try do something along those lines
 

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Yes I'll manually choose the server if possible. Although when I tried now I could not find the option to do that on the application.
You might only be able to do that in a web browser.
I'll just be doing local speedtests, what benefit would international have?
Well not everyone only uses local traffic.
What do you think about the overall idea of the test, do you think it's worthwhile and the results will be meaningful?
I think it will be worthwhile and am very interested in seeing your results.
 
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