Province with the highest mobile broadband speed in South Africa

The latest MyBroadband Speed Test App results reveal that KwaZulu-Natal enjoys the highest mobile broadband speeds in South Africa.

MyBroadband’s Speed Test App for Android and iOS gives smartphone users the ability to test their mobile data connection.

The app is ad-free and allows users to test the download speed, upload speed, and latency of their mobile connection.

The MyBroadband Speed Test App has been installed by 20,000 smartphone users, who conduct tens of thousands of tests each month.


The Q4 2017 speed test results show that the average mobile download speed in KwaZulu-Natal was 31Mbps, followed by the Free State on 27Mbps, and the Eastern Cape on 26Mbps.

Three provinces had average speeds of less than 15Mbps – the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo.

The table below provides an overview of the average mobile broadband speeds per province in South Africa.

It should be noted that the latency in Gauteng and the Western Cape can be expected to be lower, as MyBroadband’s Speed Test servers are located in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Mobile Data Speeds per Province
Province Download (kbps) Upload (kbps) Latency (ms)
KwaZulu-Natal 30,623 11,095 68
Free State 27,049 9,118 70
Eastern Cape 25,668 8,451 83
Gauteng 24,307 11,259 40
North West 19,476 9,711 55
Western Cape 18,750 6,199 56
Northern Cape 14,796 4,344 98
Mpumalanga 14,340 12,059 85
Limpopo 13,674 5,715 102

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