South African fibre and ADSL ISP speeds and rankings

MyBroadband’s May 2018 Internet service provider (ISP) rankings reveal that Cool Ideas is the top-rated service provider in South Africa, followed by Cybersmart and CipherWave.

The rankings are based on data collected from thousands of tests on MyBroadband’s speed test platform.

MyBroadband’s HTML5 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.

MyBroadband also recently launched a feature which allows users to rate their ISP when they conduct a speed test.

In May, 317,000 speed tests were performed on the MyBroadband speed test platform – with thousands of users rating the performance of their ISP.

Top ISPs

The table below provides an overview of the performance of South African ISPs.

It should be noted that the average speed can include a variety of technologies, including wireless, ADSL, VDSL, and fibre.

ISP Speeds and Ratings
ISP Latency (ms) Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Rating (/5)
Cool Ideas 71 46,673 30,403 4.51
Cybersmart 78 40,524 32,709 4.42
CipherWave 44 30,744 24,962 4.34
Seacom 43 17,247 15,692 4.00
iConnect 66 38,014 32,279 3.91
Vox 67 24,308 17,727 3.83
MTN 61 23,125 14,761 3.80
Axxess 119 9,865 4,583 3.60
Metrofibre Networx 47 19,324 17,744 3.56
Internet Solutions 82 12,290 8,285 3.53
RSAWEB 44 21,707 16,234 3.45
Afrihost 107 12,579 6,197 3.37
SADV 32 8,805 5,494 3.20
Cell C 65 28,030 17,508 3.13
Rain 13 13,238 12,942 3.10
Vodacom 55 26,196 13,092 3.03
Bitco 64 26,307 25,351 2.89
Wirulink 60 13,821 7,931 2.73
Liquid Telecom 61 11,115 8,407 2.68
MWEB 139 6,217 2,853 2.50
Telkom 126 7,976 2,761 2.13
Snowball Effect 71 7,961 4,043 2.03

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