MyBroadband Insights has released its Q3 Mobile Network Quality Report, which shows the network quality of several of South Africa’s top telecoms gauged by a number of factors, including download and upload speeds, and latency.
The report is based on results recorded between 1 July 2021 and 30 September 2021. The download speed (60%), upload speed (20%), and latency (20%) are used to calculate a Network Quality Score. Over 300,000 samples were collected from 10,530 unique users.
The Network Quality Score out of 10 then shows how a network performed in relation to other networks.
Here are the Top 5 Best Telecom Networks in SA Ranked by Network Quality:
- Rain – Network Quality Score: 3.42
- Download Speed: 10.86Mbps
- Upload Speed: 8.78Mbps
- Latency: 34
- Cell C – Network Quality Score: 4.09
- Download Speed: 19.88Mbps
- Upload Speed: 10.06Mbps
- Latency: 39
- Telkom – Network Quality Score: 5.18
- Download Speed: 29.24Mbps
- Upload Speed: 7.80Mbps
- Latency: 30
- Vodacom – Network Quality Score: 6.25
- Download Speed: 39.37Mbps
- Upload Speed: 11.65Mbps
- Latency: 32
- MTN – Network Quality Score: 9.58
- Download Speed: 68.79Mbps
- Upload Speed: 24.74Mbps
- Latency: 38
The top network in South Africa was MTN, which reigned supreme with a Network Quality Score of 9.58, followed by Vodacom on 6.25, Telkom on 5.18, Cell C on 4.09, and Rain on 3.42.
MTN had the highest average download speed at 68.79Mbps, followed by Vodacom at 39.37Mbps, Telkom on 29.24Mbps, Cell C on 19.88Mbps, and Rain on 10.86Mbps.
MTN’s exceptional performance results from outspending its rivals on infrastructure investment over the past five years. The company’s $3.3-billion network investments helped it extend coverage, improve network quality, and increase speeds.
The average download speed in South Africa increased by more than 10Mbps since the beginning of 2020, which is thanks to increased network investment and temporary spectrum issued to mobile operators during the lockdown.