• Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The best mobile network in South Africa in the second quarter of 2022

ByCindy J. Daddario

Jul 11, 2022

MyBroadband Insights took out the Q2 2022 Mobile Network Quality Report, which shows that MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa.

The report is based on 325,863 speed tests which were conducted by 9,386 MyBroadband Speed ​​Test app users across South Africa between April 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022.

Research shows that South Africa had an average mobile download speed of 49.92 Mbps and an average upload speed of 14.84 Mbps.

MTN had the highest average download speed at 79.27 Mbps, followed by Vodacom at 44.24 Mbps, Telkom at 30.79 Mbps, Cell C at 24.04 Mbps and Rain at 14.55 Mbps.

MTN’s outstanding performance is the result of a R50 billion network investment over the past five years, helping it expand coverage, improve network quality and increase speeds.

Network performance data from MyBroadband Insights is consistent with other independent network quality research, which has also confirmed that MTN has the best network in South Africa.

Over the past year, there has been a big improvement in network performance for all carriers. The average download speed in South Africa increased by 12 Mbps due to the increased availability of 4G and 5G access in South Africa.

Best mobile network in South Africa

To determine the best mobile network in South Africa, a “network quality score” was calculated for each network using download speed, upload speed and latency.

The network quality score out of 10 then shows how a network fared compared to other networks.

MTN reigned supreme with a network quality score of 9.75, followed by Vodacom at 6.38, Telkom at 4.96, Cell C at 4.29 and Rain at 3.87.

The table below gives an overview of the ranking of mobile networks in South Africa.

Network operator Download speed (Mbps) Download speed (Mbps) Latency (ms) Network quality level
MTN 79.27 23.08 40 9.75
Vodacom 44.24 11.90 35 6.38
Telkom 30.79 10.10 40 4.96
C-cell 24.04 9.76 43 4.29
Rain 2:55 p.m. 10.09 37 3.87