The fastest mobile speed measured in South Africa – 196Mbps

MyBroadband’s latest controlled drive tests show that Rain recorded the highest mobile speed in South Africa in the past two months – 196Mbps.

Over the last two months, MyBroadband conducted over 217,000 mobile speed tests around South Africa.

These tests were conducted using high-end LTE smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 devices, and a custom version of the MyBroadband Android Speed Test App.

High-end smartphones like the Galaxy S9 can take advantage of the latest mobile network technologies which are rolled out by local operators.

These network technologies include 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (256QAM), 4G carrier aggregation (CA), and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antennas.

Thanks to these advances, real-world mobile speeds in South Africa are now peaking close to 200Mbps.

Equally impressive is the average mobile download speed for the country, which at 25.1Mbps is faster than most fixed-broadband connections.

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Peak speeds

The table below shows the peak speeds achieved on each mobile network, and where these speeds were achieved, in MyBroadband’s latest network tests.

Peak Mobile Speeds
Network Download Upload Latency Phone Area
Rain 196Mbps 28Mbps 22ms Samsung Galaxy S9 Broadacres
Vodacom 167Mbps 30Mbps 26ms Samsung Galaxy S9 Sandton
Telkom 143Mbps 8Mbps 22ms Samsung Galaxy S8 Woodlands
MTN 136Mbps 27Mbps 18ms Samsung Galaxy S9 Erasmusrand
Cell C 92Mbps 22Mbps 21ms Motorola Moto Z Bryanston

Now read: South African suburbs with the fastest mobile speeds

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The fastest mobile speed measured in South Africa – 196Mbps