Vodacom vs MTN in Pretoria – We let the speed tests do the talking

MTN SA CEO Mteto Nyati recently said they have the best network in Cape Town, Durban, and Tshwane, and are close to taking the top spot in Johannesburg.

Nyati’s claim comes after Vodacom won multiple cases at the ASA, proving it had the best network in South Africa.

Vodacom and MTN both claim that independent testing shows they have the best networks in Cape Town, Durban, and Tshwane.

MyBroadband decided to conduct its own tests to see which data network reigned supreme in the South African capital.

We used a test bench with four Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones – with Vodacom, Cell C, MTN, and Telkom SIMs – and MyBroadband’s new custom speed test application.

We started the project with drive tests at around 110km/h along the N1 between Brakfontein Road and Zambezi Road.

We then did stationary tests at multiple points between Pretoria North, north Centurion, and Pretoria West.

The results

MyBroadband’s previous tests showed that Vodacom’s network was superior in the Pretoria region, but this time around MTN took first place.

The rankings were based on data download speeds, upload speeds, and latency.

Another surprise was that Cell C’s network performed well, finishing second. The top three networks were separated by just over 1Mbps in terms of average download speeds.

This swing in results indicates that MTN and Cell C’s network investments are paying dividends.

MyBroadband’s recent Cape Town testing also showed that MTN’s network produced better results than Vodacom.

The infographic and table below provide an overview of the Tshwane network tests.

Pretoria War Drive

Network
MTN
Location Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
N1 Brakfontein – Drive 36551 15119 22
N1 John Vorster – Drive 20487 10484 20
N1 Botha Avenue – Drive 12969 16549 20
N1 R21 Off Ramp – Drive 22834 5931 23
N1 Rigel Avenue – Drive 10300 6771 24
N1 Garsfontein – Drive 11702 4924 23
N1 Lynwood – Drive 39741 12622 28
N1 N4 Off Ramp – Drive 38867 11817 20
N1 Stormvoel – Drive 34075 15406 30
N1 Zambezi – Drive 29325 2856 22
Zambezi 16128 7449 22
Montana 46143 19782 24
Zambezi Country Estates 53467 20242 24
Koedoespoort 19344 4538 20
Nico Smit Road 35779 14344 21
Gezina 17204 5655 21
Soutpansbergweg 40971 8905 23
Arcadia 29684 21087 21
Sunnyside 31305 20107 22
Hatfield 43286 22597 20
Tuks 44899 10952 22
Brooklyn Mall 21110 8200 22
Waterkloof 24558 5004 20
Menlyn 15465 20286 21
Garsfontein 46528 21558 19
Moreleta Park 25474 5890 21
Erasmuskloof 7431 5358 23
Waterkloof Airport 50943 22628 20
Lyttelton 15943 8065 23
Unitas Hospital 47675 21165 20
Centurion 51430 21891 20
Irene 25412 3858 24
Southdowns 35310 15207 23
Old Johannesburg Road 14751 8206 23
Rooihuiskraal 13240 4251 23
Bateleur Estates 34225 4209 31
Raslouw 8003 3625 27
Sand Stone 11562 759 25
SA Special Forces Base 23380 3650 20
Thaba Tshwane Base 49372 21523 21
Pretoria West 35488 8575 21
Fountains Valley 29481 2215 24
Midstream 48871 22473 20
Average 29.55Mbps 11.55Mbps 22.39ms
Network
Cell C
Location Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
N1 Brakfontein – Drive 45970 3981 19
N1 John Vorster – Drive 29002 8236 20
N1 Botha Avenue – Drive 10044 9614 20
N1 R21 Off Ramp – Drive 45401 3382 18
N1 Rigel Avenue – Drive 24475 9556 21
N1 Garsfontein – Drive 25181 21912 18
N1 Lynwood – Drive 52417 18942 21
N1 N4 Off Ramp – Drive 26686 11684 18
N1 Stormvoel – Drive 34174 10085 19
N1 Zambezi – Drive 16331 49 19
Zambezi 35437 13056 17
Montana 6881 632 18
Zambezi Country Estates 37694 8055 18
Koedoespoort 36873 17487 19
Nico Smit Road 46212 17761 20
Gezina 12505 10543 19
Soutpansbergweg 0 0  –
Arcadia 45968 20938 20
Sunnyside 16269 12315 20
Hatfield 50033 19466 19
Tuks 38711 19663 18
Brooklyn Mall 28153 6106 20
Waterkloof 22331 4036 19
Menlyn 34629 9536 22
Garsfontein 15365 4845 22
Moreleta Park 15094 6255 19
Erasmuskloof 12051 16569 18
Waterkloof Airport 3450 332 19
Lyttelton 60660 15254 19
Unitas Hospital 14826 3668 20
Centurion 16853 1113 19
Irene 32970 4374 21
Southdowns 59977 15422 19
Old Johannesburg Road 13073 10665 22
Rooihuiskraal 2436 595 29
Bateleur Estates 27786 2198 19
Raslouw 51429 1345 19
Sand Stone 13493 1905 22
SA Special Forces Base 32146 8725 19
Thaba Tshwane Base 42372 23097 21
Pretoria West 20074 0 19
Fountains Valley 42511 13907 22
Midstream 23968 23108 21
Average 28.41Mbps 9.54Mbps 19.78ms
Network
Vodacom
Location Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
N1 Brakfontein – Drive 57429 7254 19
N1 John Vorster – Drive 41300 10882 21
N1 Botha Avenue – Drive 13472 16703 23
N1 R21 Off Ramp – Drive 17034 2517 22
N1 Rigel Avenue – Drive 21216 11604 21
N1 Garsfontein – Drive 30496 6511 18
N1 Lynwood – Drive 36112 8609 23
N1 N4 Off Ramp – Drive 47594 8510 21
N1 Stormvoel – Drive 37411 9005 74
N1 Zambezi – Drive 13815 5791 42
Zambezi 8440 6036 41
Montana 47490 18155 34
Zambezi Country Estates 31083 13209  –
Koedoespoort 14054 4035  –
Nico Smit Road 8987 1849 42
Gezina 14831 696 47
Soutpansbergweg 27818 16012 40
Arcadia 61869 22255 33
Sunnyside 26357 5170 36
Hatfield 16827 21493 35
Tuks 27613 18287 39
Brooklyn Mall 32744 15764 34
Waterkloof 25057 5833 36
Menlyn 20240 11150 40
Garsfontein 30018 18575 37
Moreleta Park 14114 1518 44
Erasmuskloof 41452 14270 38
Waterkloof Airport 50749 21139 41
Lyttelton 13618 1743 52
Unitas Hospital 28264 8491 40
Centurion 48329 21016 37
Irene 13400 1950 43
Southdowns 34835 17129 45
Old Johannesburg Road 36866 20232  –
Rooihuiskraal 7494 549 61
Bateleur Estates 8934 2544 39
Raslouw 20066 4994 73
Sand Stone 29858 9886 40
SA Special Forces Base 14913 7443 40
Thaba Tshwane Base 24421 3724 44
Pretoria West 53046 21902 38
Fountains Valley 29064 6746 38
Midstream 31822 19479 22
Average 28.15Mbps 10.48Mbps 37.82ms
Network
Telkom
Location Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
N1 Brakfontein – Drive 5671 4169 17
N1 John Vorster – Drive 45071 6183 18
N1 Botha Avenue – Drive 15314 398 17
N1 R21 Off Ramp – Drive 21537 1294 18
N1 Rigel Avenue – Drive 19123 2157 18
N1 Garsfontein – Drive 10343 936 18
N1 Lynwood – Drive 4858 403 29
N1 N4 Off Ramp – Drive 12184 3883 19
N1 Stormvoel – Drive 1794 8442 18
N1 Zambezi – Drive 1085 1036 20
Zambezi 50430 4120 23
Montana 2020 274 26
Zambezi Country Estates 41762 7642 18
Koedoespoort 12843 6606 19
Nico Smit Road 55045 5839 19
Gezina 3970 2878 18
Soutpansbergweg 46222 2918 19
Arcadia 59026 7996 20
Sunnyside 13180 1318 17
Hatfield 43218 7590 18
Tuks 691 1341 16
Brooklyn Mall 15315 3028 18
Waterkloof 10588 3484 19
Menlyn 9632 304 18
Garsfontein 19519 4319 18
Moreleta Park 11173 1630 19
Erasmuskloof 26927 4294 25
Waterkloof Airport 1969 1574 32
Lyttelton 23302 7071 19
Unitas Hospital 28566 2614 19
Centurion 12427 2048 19
Irene 6952 1050 18
Southdowns 28027 2243 19
Old Johannesburg Road 17063 9327 18
Rooihuiskraal 0 2474 18
Bateleur Estates 8386 0 20
Raslouw 2313 1820 19
Sand Stone 2044 0 28
SA Special Forces Base 2300 0 26
Thaba Tshwane Base 11869 5663 18
Pretoria West 35008 6213 18
Fountains Valley 15961 2456 20
Midstream 2799 1849 19
Average 17.61Mbps 3.27Mbps 19.81ms

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