Shopping mall mobile data speed shootout – Interesting results

MyBroadband has tested mobile data speeds inside Gauteng’s biggest shopping malls, which showed that Vodacom and MTN provide the best performance.

MyBroadband performed thousands of download, upload, and latency tests in the malls using test benches running the MyBroadband Android Speed Test App.

The research was completed between 1-10 October, with tests conducted throughout the shopping malls to ensure accurate results.

The results showed that Vodacom and MTN had the best performance and the best coverage in the malls.

Vodacom recorded the highest average performance in 8 malls, with MTN winning 6 malls, Cell C winning 2, and Rain topping the results in 1 mall.

The highest recorded peak speed was in Brooklyn Mall, with Vodacom producing a download speed of 172Mbps.

The tests further showed that the malls had excellent LTE coverage from all the operators, with average speeds often exceeding 40Mbps.

The tables below provide an overview of the speed test results.

Results Summary
Operator Number of Malls Won
Vodacom 8
MTN 6
Cell C 2
Rain 1
Telkom 0
Highest Speed Recorded 173Mbps – Vodacom in Brooklyn Mall
Best Coverage Vodacom and MTN
Mall Best Average Performance
Brooklyn Mall Vodacom
Centurion Mall Cell C
Cradlestone Mall Vodacom
Design Quarter Vodacom
Eastgate MTN
Fourways Vodacom
Kolonnade Rain
Mall of Africa Vodacom
Menlyn Vodacom
Menlyn Maine Vodacom
Montecasino MTN
Northgate MTN
Rosebank Mall MTN
Sandton City MTN
Southgate Cell C
Westgate Vodacom
Woodlands MTN

Individual Results

The tables below show how the operators performed in each shopping mall.

Each red dot with a green circle around it indicates a single speed test. The red dots get bigger when multiple tests are performed in close proximity.


Mall of Africa – Vodacom wins

Mall of Africa
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 46,927 11,461 39
MTN 35,282 14,072 24
Cell C 34,774 12,404 29
Rain 6,490 436 48
Telkom 4,341 1,233 163
Top Speed Vodacom – 84,834

Mall-of-Africa


Sandton City – MTN wins

Sandton City
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 40,032 14,413 24
Vodacom 37,068 19,939 34
Telkom 26,773 9,248 25
Cell C 18,904 13,459 26
Rain 3,932 71 63
Top Speed Telkom – 78,849

Sandton-City


Brooklyn Mall – Vodacom wins

Brooklyn Mall
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 81,820 17,461 26
MTN 42,446 14,521 22
Telkom 15,061 1,902 26
Rain 14,975 295 51
Cell C 5,360 1,183 92
Top Speed Vodacom – 172,933

Brooklyn Mall


Menlyn Shopping Centre – Vodacom wins

Menlyn Shopping Centre
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 38,373 9,427 81
MTN 33,694 9,639 29
Cell C 28,908 11,100 29
Telkom 13,099 3,840 113
Rain 12,104 1,538 43
Top Speed Vodacom – 89,406

Menlyn


Centurion Mall – Cell C wins

Centurion Mall
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Cell C 29,287 884 30
MTN 28,629 9,386 46
Telkom 26,792 3,121 30
Vodacom 23,667 13,387 45
Rain 10,346 2,178 33
Top Speed Telkom – 78,686

Centurion-Mall


Woodlands Boulevard – MTN wins

Woodlands Boulevard
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 38,294 17,644 21
Rain 35,191 5,951 27
Vodacom 32,662 17,628 28
Cell C 23,543 1,601 27
Telkom 13,518 8,800 23
Top Speed Vodacom – 84,834

Woodlands


Cradlestone Mall – Vodacom wins

Cradlestone Mall
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 49,065 18,371 33
MTN 34,272 12,273 25
Cell C 30,560 10,605 26
Telkom 22,624 1,870 35
Rain 1,043 219 46
Top Speed Vodacom – 64,417

Cradlestone Mall


Westgate – Vodacom wins

Westgate
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 23,292 10,915 35
Cell C 23,280 4,088 29
MTN 21,668 11,585 26
Telkom 19,988 11,095 34
Rain 6,820 463 50
Top Speed Cell C – 59,824

Westgate Mall


Montecasino – MTN wins

Montecasino
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 48,124 16,626 22
Vodacom 29,771 15,885 28
Telkom 28,961 8,687 26
Cell C 18,758 13,945 26
Rain 6,436 445 87
Top Speed MTN – 74,775

Montecasino


Design Quarter – Vodacom wins

Design Quarter
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 57,510 10,538 66
Rain 43,551 8,388 24
Telkom 35,437 3,205 25
MTN 26,270 13,124 22
Cell C 23,183 4,629 25
Top Speed Vodacom – 74,969

Design Quarter


Rosebank Mall – MTN wins

Rosebank Mall
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 36,969 17,985 22
Vodacom 32,329 11,633 24
Cell C 19,349 10,343 25
Telkom 13,634 1,999 32
Rain 553 277 781
Top Speed Telkom – 72,422

Rosebank


Southgate – Cell C wins

Southgate
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Cell C 28,254 16,553 31
MTN 28,085 18,677 21
Telkom 24,883 7,261 23
Vodacom 22,244 15,066 31
Rain 9,725 3,413 44
Top Speed Telkom – 59,343

Southgate


Eastgate – MTN wins

Eastgate
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 25,264 11,170 27
Vodacom 20,338 8,282 40
Telkom 19,219 8,523 70
Rain 5,028 790 44
Cell C 3,839 860 714
Top Speed MTN – 33,936

Eastgate


Kolonnade Shopping Centre – Rain wins

Kolonnade Shopping Centre
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Rain 45,687 4,335 34
MTN 34,354 9,803 40
Telkom 25,995 5,349 23
Vodacom 23,741 9,288 44
Cell C 4,009 3,210 76
Top Speed Rain – 111,657

Kolonnade


Menlyn Maine – Vodacom wins

Menlyn Maine
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 67,005 13,957 34
MTN 52,835 12,842 24
Rain 26,902 6,717 28
Cell C 23,557 9,227 33
Telkom 15,457 8,011 24
Top Speed Vodacom – 161,529

Menlyn Maine


Fourways Mall – Vodacom wins

Fourways Mall
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 34,577 26,455 27
Cell C 31,514 18,915 24
MTN 18,904 9,192 29
Rain 10,788 5,109 31
Telkom 7,570 3,950 109
Top Speed Vodacom – 63,404

Fourways


Northgate – MTN wins

Northgate
Operator Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 42,936 15,664 21
Vodacom 20,892 15,644 25
Cell C 12,312 8,680 141
Telkom 8,012 1,092 62
Rain 2,985 5,308 27
Top Speed MTN – 64,486

Northgate


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