The South African suburbs with the fastest mobile data speeds

South Africa’s mobile operators are investing billions into their networks each year, and the value of these investments is evident in the high average speeds experienced by mobile subscribers.

MyBroadband’s January 2018 speed test results show that the average mobile data download speed in South Africa is 24Mbps, while the average upload speed is 10Mbps.

The results are based on tens of thousands of speed tests performed using the MyBroadband Android and iOS Speed Test apps.


Not all areas in South Africa offer excellent mobile data speeds, however.

The speed test results show that residents in major cities enjoy much higher speeds than their counterparts in rural areas.

The suburb with the highest average speed in January was Goodwood in Cape Town, with an average download speed of 54Mbps.

Two other Cape Town suburbs, Parow and Belville, were ranked second and third with 51.3Mbps and 50.8Mbps respectively.

The table below shows the top 10 suburbs in January 2018, ranked according to average download speed.

Area Donwload (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Goodwood 54,028 12,366 40
Parow 51,326 14,174 33
Bellville 50,799 16,117 34
Bloemfontein* 38,429 14,382 36
Port Elizabeth** 38,189 13,700 64
Erasmuskloof 32,272 12,927 27
Sandton 32,066 14,866 28
Sunninghill and Woodmead 32,004 16,877 25
Lonehill and Paulshof 31,405 13,508 29
Roodepoort 31,372 12,166 29

*Bloemfontein – Generaal De Wet, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein NU, Groenvlei, Spitskop Small Holdings, Brandwag, Westdene, Kwaggafontein, Heidedal, Fleurdal, Bloemfontein Central, Quaggafontein, Shellyvale, Driehoek, Uitsig, Dan Pienaar, Willows, Park West, Pellissier, Bayswater, Waverley, Linquinda, Spitskop, Hospitaalpark, Estoire, Noordhoek, Rayton Small Holdings, Hillsboro, Helicon Heights, Hamilton, Tempe, Oranjesig, Bayswater Rural, Woodlands Hills Wildlife Estate, Hope Valley, Pentagon Park.

**Port Elizabeth – Greenshields Park, Lorraine, Broadwood, Lorraine Manor, Woodlands, Walmer Downs, Lovemore Heights, Kini Bay, Weybridge Park, Clarendon Marine, Springfield, Providentia, Pari Park, Fairview, Lovemore Park, Miramar, Theescombe, Mangold Park, Walmer Heights, Kamma Ridge.

Now read: The best mobile network in South Africa

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