Vodacom Speed Test & Results: speed.vodacom.co.za & speedtest.net

3g_rox

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Attempt 1:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 12.11 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 336.9 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 41.3 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 2:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 12.328 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 331 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 40.6 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 3:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 12.109 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 336.9 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 41.3 (kiloBytes/second)


Novatel datacard on 3G in Durban
 

vodacom3g

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Carlhead said:
Yes, 3G isn't hard limited to 384k, I believe it is a high average that service is delivered at.

The 384Kb/s is actually a hard limit, dictated by the network equipment. If you see numbers exceeding 384 it's one of the following:

1) Inaccurate measurement by the OS based tools. Basically how the speed is measured is by a comms layer process that counts the number of bytes coming in. By taking a delta over a known time period (say a second), you can calculate the throughput. This works most of the time. Sometimes the period is shorter or longer and this skews the results.

The longer the measurement period (say 30 minutes) the more accurate the result, so watch out for funny looking spikes and discard them.

2) Caching by your PC. Check that the file you're downloading is not already cached. If so, the results will normally be completely wrong, as in TB/s!

3) Compression on the network. We do have this capability and with it on, I've seen >500Kb/s. Currently it's off.
 

Carlhead

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Ok, my bad... wasn't aware that it was hard limited.

I suppose the speeds are pretty consistant though... The results of this thread indicate that you'll probably be running between 280k and 384k (If you've got semi decent cell signal). That's more than acceptable to me; now if we can only get the understandably high costs of bandwidth down!
 

nextstep

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Not bad, but not all that good either (Olympus, Pta using 3G):

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

* Download time: 18.177 seconds
* Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
* Estimated line speed: 224.5 (kilobits/second)
* Estimated line speed: 27.5 (kiloBytes/second)
 

MrG

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i have been travelling and coverage is very good. Speeds are ok for now aswell
 

MrG

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What I dont get is this... Its suppose to be 384kbps limit. Yes, when I download a file I get about 30-40kb per second. So thats normal.

The second I launch getright, and do segmented downloading (4 segments) I get about 120kb per second.

Thats 1MB every 8.5 seconds.

How does that work, I thought 3G cant do that
 

bam1

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Slow 3G

3G in Sandringham, Johannesburg

Test 1 : 15h46 Friday 6 Jan 06

Test Start Time : January 6, 2006, 3:46:35 pm
Test End Time : January 6, 2006, 3:46:51 pm
Download Time : 16.09 seconds
Size of file : 511423 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed : 248.27 (Kilobits/sec)
Estimated line speed : 31.03 (KiloBytes/sec)
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 15.092 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 270.3 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 33.1 (kiloBytes/second)
Test 2 : 15h52 Friday 6 Jan 06

Test Start Time : January 6, 2006, 3:52:54 pm
Test End Time : January 6, 2006, 3:53:16 pm
Download Time : 21.74 seconds
Size of file : 511423 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed : 183.80 (Kilobits/sec)
Estimated line speed : 22.97 (KiloBytes/sec)

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 23.494 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 173.7 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 21.3 (kiloBytes/second)
Test 3 : 16h43

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 15.983 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 255.3 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 31.3 (kiloBytes/second)


Test Start Time : January 6, 2006, 4:43:57 pm
Test End Time : January 6, 2006, 4:44:13 pm
Download Time : 16.60 seconds
Size of file : 511423 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed : 240.69 (Kilobits/sec)
Estimated line speed : 30.09 (KiloBytes/sec)

Test 4 : 16h53 6 Jan 06

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 19.589 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 208.3 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 25.5 (kiloBytes/second)


Test Start Time : January 6, 2006, 4:53:20 pm
Test End Time : January 6, 2006, 4:53:43 pm
Download Time : 22.20 seconds
Size of file : 511423 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed : 179.98 (Kilobits/sec)
Estimated line speed : 22.50 (KiloBytes/sec)
Test 5 : 17h42 6 Jan 06

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 20.749 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 196.6 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 24.1 (kiloBytes/second)


Test Start Time : January 6, 2006, 5:42:07 pm
Test End Time : January 6, 2006, 5:42:29 pm
Download Time : 22.82 seconds
Size of file : 511423 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed : 175.09 (Kilobits/sec)
Estimated line speed : 21.89 (KiloBytes/sec)

Vodacom3g has instigated an investigation as to why I am getting these below average speeds. Thanks Vodacom3g
 

Liposuck2004

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Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 12.188 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 334.8 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 41 (kiloBytes/second)


novatel 3g midrand
Lipo
 

Gazer

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Download time: 14.125 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 288.8 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 35.4 (kiloBytes/second)

Vodacom 3G Brackenhurst Aberton (although it seems I connect using GPRS mostly and keep losing my connection)
 

SoTrue

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Attempt 1
Download time: 114.109 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 35.8 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 4.4 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 2
Download time: 66.078 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 61.7 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 7.6 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 3
Download time: 17.703 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 230.5 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 28.2 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 4
Download time: 11.312 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 360.7 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 44.2 (kiloBytes/second)

Attempt 5
Download time: 57.359 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 71.1 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 8.7 (kiloBytes/second)

This is all within the hour (after 21:00 today), Mooikloof (Pretoria) tower, trying to use 3G on a SE V800, mostly falling back to GPRS. Extremely frustrating, sometimes I feel like throwing the cellphone against the wall. If only there was something else.....
 
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MrG

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Doing tests again for 2006....
Vodacom3G - 10:28PM - PM - Sonstraal Heights, Cape Town 3G Tower
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Results: Opera Browser

Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 17.14 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 238 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 29.2 (kiloBytes/second)

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 9.125 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 447.1 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 54.8 (kiloBytes/second)

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 9.563 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 426.6 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 52.3 (kiloBytes/second)

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 9.75 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 418.5 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 51.3 (kiloBytes/second)

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 9.453 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 431.6 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 52.9 (kiloBytes/second)

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 9.187 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 444.1 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 54.4 (kiloBytes/second)

Using: Nokia 6680
 

piranha786

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Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 12.098 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 337.2 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 41.3 (kiloBytes/second)

stellenbosch, seems nice, Will try MTN 2morrow
 

vodacom3g

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Download time: 2.354 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 1733.2 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 212.4 (kiloBytes/second)

Done in Midrand, last week Tuesday.
 

vodacom3g

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Currently on the edge of 3G cell, getting 1 bar. So the HSDPA card has modulated down to still give connectivity. Had to force it to 3G with profile.

Download time: 7.399 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 551.4 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 67. (kiloBytes/second)

In general I'm getting around 1.2Mb/s.
 

MrG

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who is paying for this might I ask :)
nevermind..

instructions... open Kazaa >>>
Download the entire p2p network >> host it from your laptop and us GPRSers will download from you... should be enough bandwidth :)

I will buy you a couple 100 Terabyte Harddrives for you
 
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ibanez

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I'm using the Nozomi data card together with an LPDA-A0021 antenna.
Connected with 5 bar signal strength, EDGE (3 red LED flashes at a time):

Test 1

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 54.5 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 74.9 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 9.2 (kiloBytes/second)

Test 2

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 41.344 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 98.7 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 12.1 (kiloBytes/second)

Test 3

Results:
Below is the data used to calculate your download speed:

Download time: 50.515 seconds
Size of file: 500 KiloBytes
Estimated line speed: 80.8 (kilobits/second)
Estimated line speed: 9.9 (kiloBytes/second)

Vodacom tower is Muldersvlei; assume this tower has EDGE enabled at a lower speed??

Help please, anyone..
 

vodacom3g

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Vodacom Speed Test & Results: http://speed.vodacom.co.za/

Was playing with the new speed test TazzTux built (http://speed.vodacom.co.za) and noticed I'm getting extremely good throughput today. Not sure what the local guys did but I hope they won't stop. Pretty much hitting 1.75M peaks and consistently above 1.6M.

Check the attachments!
 
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rpm

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Hi Vodacom3G

The results look impressive, but peaking at 2.02 Mbps?

Is this test only available to Vodacom IPs? Can not access it from ADSL…

Regards,

RPM
 
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