Confirmed – MTN has the best network in South Africa

New research by P3 Communications shows that MTN has the best network in South Africa, outperforming its rivals in telephony and data services.

P3 Communications is a German-based company which provides technology consulting and testing services for mobile networks.

The company performed drive tests in South Africa between 17 January and 17 February 2018, using Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones.

It performed 9,000 voice tests per operator and 2,600 data tests per operator in cities (52%), towns (16%), and on roads (32%).

The data tests measured HTTP download and upload speeds, web browsing, and YouTube video streaming.

The testing route included large parts of South Africa, shown in the map below.



The P3 Communications network testing showed that MTN reigned supreme in voice and data network quality.

MTN performed particularly well in major cities, where it outperformed its rivals in all measures – including download and upload performance, web browsing, and YouTube streaming.

The table below shows the scores achieved by the networks for voice and data services, and the breakdown of points in the categories cities, towns, and roads.

P3 Communications Network Quality Tests
Module Infrastructure  Maximum MTN Operator 2 Operator 3 Operator 4
Voice Total  400 324 314 125 144
Cities 240 86% 85% 29% 48%
Towns 80 82% 83% 47% 20%
Roads 80 64% 55% 23% 18%
Data Total 600 488 465 300 206
Cities 360 89 83 65 48
Towns 120 80 79 27 12
Roads 120 59 58 27 17
TOTAL 1,000 812 779 425 351

Confirming MyBroadband’s research

The latest network testing results are in line with MyBroadband’s network performance rankings, which were released in January.

MyBroadband’s testing, which involved controlled drive tests (similar to the P3 Communications testing) and crowd-sourced testing, showed that MTN had the best network.

MyBroadband’s Mobile Network Quality Report rankings for Q4 2017 are shown below.

Mobile Network Quality Report

Now read: The best mobile network in South Africa

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