Mobile data speeds tested in Cape Town at 120km/h

Vodacom emerged as the mobile operator with the highest data speeds when travelling on Cape Town’s main roads.

MyBroadband tested the download speeds of the four major networks’ mobile data services along the N1, N2, and M5 in Cape Town while travelling at between 80-120km/h.

We used four Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones for the tests, along with the Ookla speed test app – downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The tests across the four networks were conducted simultaneously while driving.

Drive Test Results

The results of the MyBroadband drive tests are detailed in the graphic below.

The networks were ranked according to their average download speeds. The top 10 individual download speeds from the tests are also detailed in the graphic.

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Raw data

The data from the War Drive is displayed in the table below.

Network
Vodacom
MTN
Cell C
Telkom
Speed (Mbps) Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload Download Upload
R44 Somerset West 23.94 7.97 23.26 7.46 6.15 12.04 26.98 2.76
N2 Macassar 42.82 12.73 2.8 2.58 9.84 7.77 4.74 3.66
N2 Engen 19.07 15.94 3.99 2.15 6.9 12.06 3.24 5.03
N2 Baden Powell 26.27 10.01 10.45 16.92 7.74 11.02 10.41 9.24
N2 Spine Road 25.55 4.06 23.9 6.24 7.26 6.5 5.5 1.58
N2 Mew Way 20.58 20.19 13.08 14.93 6.29 10.3 7.33 10.64
N2 Mitchells Plain 45 7.09 18.72 8.68 5.5 10.74 8.92 6.5
N2 Belville 32.18 20.89 10.37 8.37 5.67 7.92 7.38 10.64
N2 Borcherds Quarry 20.56 14.26 70.23 20.78 7.98 18.06 0 0
N2 Mowbray 15.18 3.18 8.98 7.63 7.32 5.46 16.73 8.59
N2 Jan Smuts 44.25 17.92 51.07 24.89 7.68 3.26 16.18 9.4
N2 Bhunga Ave 65.43 17.49 29.04 13.15 9.03 17.78 5.74 3.02
N2 Jakes Gerwel 35 23.67 14.75 14.59 8.38 13.09 3.62 9.85
N2 Duinefontein 56.7 18.97 41.49 15.81 8.62 25.45 6.43 9.52
R310 Lynedoch 28.46 9.94 45 22.65 8.96 1.15 32.91 10.31
M5 Ottery Road 12.57 18.57 12.28 10.95 5.58 21.52 3.32 6.83
M5 Racecourse Road 52.8 6.81 36.06 3.97 8.36 4.17 5.46 4.38
M5 Kromboom Road 17.92 7.88 14.63 2.99 8 6.54 2.11 5.86
N1 N7 Goodwood 10.38 6.06 13.53 1.18 9.48 11.93 3.04 1.16
N1 M5 15.06 15.65 37.76 16.07 7.97 0.04 16.93 5.23
N1 Marine Drive 14.23 2.02 19.5 3.23 7.22 6.62 10.72 0.05
N1 Milnerton 50.11 13.6 56.93 9.7 8.36 10.76 8.85 0.58
N1 Plattekloof 19.29 17.44 43.19 16.19 8.02 23.8 20.59 6.86
N1 Monte Vista 16.87 6.65 27.73 12.99 7.82 11.9 1.72 0.94
N1 Wille Van Schoor 7.82 1.96 20.91 8.34 9.57 15.49 11.97 0.11
N1 Mike Pienaar 2.97 1.88 14.87 3.91 8.67 7.89 26.79 1.1
N1 Maroela Weg 13.36 10.79 20.66 13.23 8.01 7.01 7.76 5.42
N1 Brighton Road 16.88 5.7 23.98 7.53 8.09 6.18 1.63 1.93
N1 Okavango Road 44.37 17.05 11.26 1.66 9.19 23.26 0.78 2.15
N1 Mitchells Plain 6.78 0.58 0.7 1.52 6.66 9.99 1.37 0.08
N1 Old Oak 53.49 2.21 44.74 0.57 9.39 5.95 44.93 1.05
N1 Klapmuts 56.2 0.56 61.36 0.58 4.67 1.61 14.15 0.58
N1 Stellenbosch Off-ramp 42.16 13.91 23.22 14.14 4.37 0.46 4.44 6.39
N1 Engen 9.76 0.69 36.55 11.98 5.01 19.02 0.96 0.1
Average 28.35 10.42 26.09 9.63 7.58 10.49 10.11 4.46

Our Test Bench

Our four phones were again secured to our recently-acquired test bench.

Test bench

Now read: Cape Town War Drive – Surprise winner

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