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Ecco

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Vodacom dethroned on MyBB. Is this the first time ever?
 

cavedog

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I have no doubt Jannie will be here soon to dispute the findings....

That said the results show that mtn got more tests than vodacom. Does it not give them a statistical advantage? We don't know if the extra tests if performed on the vodacom network might push their average up or lower it if those test are slow. Same could be said fot mtn did the extra speedtests boost their average or actually lower it.

Also Vodacom has more users than MTN but more users means more revenue so I expected Vodacom to be on top.

Interesting indeed. So when is Vodacom removing "The best network for smartphones" and "SA's best network" slogans from their ads...
 
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ponder

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Telkom needs to expand their network, they've come a long way in a short time and offer value for money.
 

quovadis

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I’m not quite sure that I would consider Speedtest data to establish a score for network quality.
 

xodosman123

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Better speed does not mean its the best, what are people using it for calls whatsapp, what about the cost? what cant they do that the other networks can?....I really don't see the point. its like people going to fibre and only using email, all the speed no benefit.
 

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I'm sure the MyyBB team will be eager to hear your test methodology...
This would be a cool one. Begin with a survey asking how important these are to people:
1. Network speed
2. Network reliance (i.e. Coverage, quality, etc. )
3. Low oob rates
4. Good bundles
5. Call quality
And whatever else seems worthwhile. Let respondents rate each out of 5.

Afterwards, do your tests for each indicator, and weight those indicators against the survey results.

Then only can you crown a "best network".
 

cavedog

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Better speed does not mean its the best, what are people using it for calls whatsapp, what about the cost? what cant they do that the other networks can?....I really don't see the point. its like people going to fibre and only using email, all the speed no benefit.
But lets not forget that MTN lost a case with the ASA against Vodacom when MTN claimed that they were the best network because they have less dropped calls than Vodacom. The ASA dismissed that claim by MTN and said Vodacom provided speedtest results from Mybb and Ookla to prove they were the fast hence the best network. The ASA agreed with Vodacom.

So Vodacom started this that if you have the fastest network you have the best irrespective if you offer value for money or not.
 

Voldemort

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But lets not forget that MTN lost a case with the ASA against Vodacom when MTN claimed that they were the best network because they have less dropped calls than Vodacom. The ASA dismissed that claim by MTN and said Vodacom provided speedtest results from Mybb and Ookla to prove they were the fast hence the best network. The ASA agreed with Vodacom.

So Vodacom started this that if you have the fastest network you have the best irrespective if you offer value for money or not.
Yup, turnabout is fair play.

I must say, this is the first time in 15 years of working here that I've seen something like this, finally! I'm thoroughly proud, given all the hard work that's gone into achieving this! You can rest assured that Vodacom will be working extra hard to jump on top again, we welcome the challenge:p
 

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So because of this: https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/927138-Deconstructing-MyBroadband-s-Speedtest-system?highlight=

The report is based on 113,117 speed tests which were performed by 8,250 MyBroadband Android Speed Test App users across South Africa between 1 October and 31 December 2017.
It seems that @rpm only counted tests on the Android platform, possibly only the results that came from those using the modified always-on speedtest?

I randomised the results I spoofed from Samsung (Android) devices and iOS devices, from multiple carriers. Since no comment has been made on my post, does MyBroadband even acknowledge that their platform is open to manipulation?
 

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So because of this: https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/927138-Deconstructing-MyBroadband-s-Speedtest-system?highlight=



It seems that @rpm only counted tests on the Android platform, possibly only the results that came from those using the modified always-on speedtest?

I randomised the results I spoofed from Samsung (Android) devices and iOS devices, from multiple carriers. Since no comment has been made on my post, does MyBroadband even acknowledge that their platform is open to manipulation?
i.e. if you could do it, so could the MNOs ...
 

Voldemort

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i.e. if you could do it, so could the MNOs ...
Sounds like a chore, we don't have time to sit and manipulate the system daily- plus each test only counts once and has to be conducted at least 2.5kms apart- I'm too busy working to play along with that:D
 

MickeyD

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Sounds like a chore, we don't have time to sit and manipulate the system daily- plus each test only counts once and has to be conducted at least 2.5kms apart- I'm too busy working to play along with that:D
It is actually very, very easy to manipulate. Go read Waylander's thread.



PS. ssssssorry, forgot the sssssnakey! :D
 
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cavedog

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So because of this: https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/927138-Deconstructing-MyBroadband-s-Speedtest-system?highlight=



It seems that @rpm only counted tests on the Android platform, possibly only the results that came from those using the modified always-on speedtest?

I randomised the results I spoofed from Samsung (Android) devices and iOS devices, from multiple carriers. Since no comment has been made on my post, does MyBroadband even acknowledge that their platform is open to manipulation?
I did read that you mentioned look at MTN's result closely which means you have info we don't. How do you know someone manipulated the MTN results?

Why would they even want to do it if it's true?

To manipulate the results without causing any suspicion you would need to post data continuously keeping in mind not to go too high or too low. Also after doing all that the final results were just like 700Kbps higher average than Vodacom.

Just does not seem realistic. Possible but not really practical.
 
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