Top download speeds in South African metros

South Africa boasts some of the best mobile networks in Africa, and MyBroadband recently conducted drive tests to see exactly how good these networks are.

These drive tests were conducted in South Africa’s 4 major metros – The City of Tshwane, The City of Johannesburg, The City of Cape Town, and eThekwini Municipality.

The network tests were conducted using a specialised network testing vehicle with high-end smartphones which ran a custom version of MyBroadband’s Android Speed Test app.

To ensure we were able to test the latest technologies which were available on the cellular networks, we used three of the latest phones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei P30

The results showed that MTN had the fastest average download speed across all four metro areas, closely followed by Vodacom in second place. Telkom placed third in all metro areas.

The detailed drive test results for each metropolitan area are listed below.


The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality


The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality


The City of Cape Town


eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality


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Top download speeds in South African metros