Suburbs with the best mobile speeds in South Africa

The latest MyBroadband Android Speed Test app results show that mobile broadband users in Gauteng enjoy higher speeds than their counterparts in other areas.

In November, MyBroadband speed test app users conducted 147,258 upload, download, and latency tests across the country.

These results provide a good overview of the network performance of Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, and Rain across South Africa.

As part of this research, MyBroadband looked at the average performance of the different mobile networks at a suburb level.

What emerged is that mobile users in Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban enjoy significantly higher speeds than those in rural areas.

This, however, is not surprising as the latest network technologies are typically deployed in metropolitan areas first.

There were some exceptions. MTN subscribers in Bloemfontein and Paarl enjoy higher average speeds than most people in large cities.

Hartbeespoort is another area which produced higher average speeds than most suburbs in large cities.

Top speeds

The tables below provides an overview of the suburbs with the highest average speed for each mobile network.

Area Vendor Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Bloemfontein Ericsson 64.294 20.402 28
Paarl ZTE 61.668 22.345 21
Durban CBD Huawei 53.147 18.367 33
Centurion Ericsson 49.663 19.529 24
Waterkloof Ericsson 48.905 18.212 24
Area Vendor Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Durban CBD Nokia 61.327 18.051 34
Randjesfontein Huawei 49.670 20.287 34
Ferndale Huawei 48.997 20.940 26
Garsfontein Huawei 47.516 17.340 27
Kyalami Huawei 46.113 21.569 29
Area Vendor Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Midstream Estate Huawei 34.577 4.683 25
Emerald Hill (PE) Huawei 33.696 7.317 42
Bryanston Huawei 32.772 4.723 28
Sandton Huawei 32.692 4.360 34
Waterkloof Huawei 31.831 4.797 27
Area Vendor Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Garsfontein Huawei 34.047 14.640 43
Midstream Estate Huawei 32.980 15.467 41
Sandton Huawei 32.043 11.959 41
Hartebeespoort Huawei 31.486 17.738 42
Parow Nokia 30.644 9.770 40
Cell C
Area Vendor Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Midstream Estate Huawei 31.103 13.875 27
Hartebeespoort ZTE 28.869 10.302 31
Plettenberg Bay Huawei 28.834 11.678 51
Garsfontein Huawei 27.527 12.753 25
Irene Huawei 26.005 13.916 30

MyBroadband speed test partnership

MyBroadband’s mobile network speed tests are made possible by a partnership with Huawei, which sponsored the project for this quarter.

As a leader in the mobile device and networking market, MyBroadband is honoured to have Huawei as a partner for its mobile speed test project.

Now read: Test your mobile network speed and win prizes worth R5,000

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Suburbs with the best mobile speeds in South Africa