MyBroadband’s epic road trip – Speed test results

MyBroadband recently went on a road trip through parts of Gauteng and the Free State, testing the mobile broadband speeds along the route using the MyBroadband Speed Test App.

The road trip started in Centurion and meandered through the east of Johannesburg to Heidelberg, after which it joined the N3 to Harrismith.

We stopped off at the Sterkfontein dam, and then made our way to Clarens through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

On our way back to Gauteng we also tested the mobile broadband speeds on the R26, and in Bethlehem and Frankfort.

The results

The results showed that MTN had the best coverage, which was measured by the most successful speed tests conducted.

Vodacom produced the highest average download speed, while MTN had the highest average upload speed.

The table below provides an overview of the results of the speed tests in Gauteng and the Free State.

It should be noted that only providing an average download speed per network is not a fair measure, as it disadvantages operators with good 3G coverage in rural areas – like Vodacom and MTN.

To overcome this, we have included a peak performance comparison – where the top 200 speed tests from each operator were used.

It must also be noted that roaming was turned off for Telkom and Cell C.

Top Results

Top Results
Test Operator Area Result
Highest Download Speed Vodacom Close to East Rand Mall 127Mbps
Highest Upload Speed Vodacom Heidelberg 25Mbps
Lowest Latency Cell C Germiston 15ms
Coverage MTN Gauteng and Free State 643 tests

Peak Network Performance

Peak Network Performance
Operator Tests Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 200 38,756 12,195 57.71
MTN 200 31,072 11,226 32.63
Telkom 200 16,337 6,652 38.68
Cell C 200 15,058 7,325 51.26

Average Network Performance

Average Network Performance
Operator Number of tests Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 577 20,815 7,578 80.20
MTN 643 19,122 8,183 57.31
Telkom 198 16,337 6,652 38.68
Cell C 351 9,606 4,749 83.16

Drive Test Maps

The maps below show where MyBroadband conducted its speed tests.

Each red dot with a green circle around it indicates a single speed test. The red dots get bigger when multiple tests are performed in close proximity.

Road-Trip

Harrismith

Bethlehem

Warden

Frankfort

Clarens

Now read: MyBroadband network drive tests – Impressive results

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