Average speed of South Africa’s top ISPs

MyBroadband has released its Q1 2018 speed test statistics, which reveal the average speeds of South Africa’s top Internet service providers.

The statistics used are based on over 1 million speed tests which were performed on MyBroadband’s HTML5 web-based speed test platform between 1 January and 31 March 2018.

MyBroadband’s speed test servers are hosted in Teraco’s vendor-neutral data centres to ensure a neutral testing environment.

Through NAPAfrica, all network operators present at its peering points are provided with a free 10Gbps connection to the MyBroadband Speed Test platform.

The speed tests include fixed-line, wireless, and mobile connections from ISPs, which means the results are representative of multiple technologies.

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Average speeds on top ISPs

The results show that the average download speed in South Africa is 14.1Mbps, while the average upload speed is 9.4Mbps.

From the results, the average speed per ISP was calculated – which differed significantly between business and consumer ISPs.

When looking at the average speeds of local ISPs, it must be noted that different ISPs have very different clients.

Telkom Internet, for example, has a large ADSL user base where the average speed is far lower than an ISP with mostly fibre clients, like Seacom.

The table below provides an overview of the average download speeds, upload speeds, and latency of South Africa’s prominent ISPs.

Average Speeds
ISP Number of Tests Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Telkom SA Limited 239,385 7,256 2,610 129
Afrihost.com 44,934 8,971 3,667 132
Neotel 41,834 9,148 7,030 78
Internet Solutions 41,560 10,893 7,126 107
MWEB 40,170 5,985 2,197 143
Vodacom-VB 30,901 28,763 11,815 59
Wireless Business Solutions 28,806 12,525 6,536 76
Vox 24,593 23,029 15,578 78
Axxess Networks 24,025 7,875 3,471 123
MTN SA MOBILE 20,807 30,164 14,951 55
BITCO 9,770 99,443 134,836 54
Cybersmart Lightspeed 9,582 12,873 9,339 102
Cell C 7,205 34,139 29,280 42
iConnectSA 6,189 41,051 30,295 54
Metrofibre-networx 6,015 22,093 20,513 62
WIRUlink 5,368 11,558 6,053 54
Seacom 4,189 18,351 17,082 32
Cipherwave Vlocity Solutions, Durban 2,129 35,641 30,127 31
X-DSL Networking Solutions 1,847 11,782 14,215 60

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