Which is SA's fastest network?

2017-07-10 15:30 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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Johannesburg - Technology blog, MyBroadband crunched the numbers obtained from their Speed Test app for Android, and uncovered which network reigns supreme in South Africa.

MyBroadband crowned Vodacom as South Africa’s king of speed after its test showed that Vodacom offered the highest average mobile data speeds in the country. Speed Test allows users to gauge  the speed of their internet connection. 

According to the test results between April and June 2017 Vodacom had clocked download speeds averaging 28.7Mbps, followed by MTN on 26.2Mbps. 

Cell C's upload speed was recorded at 13.5Mbps, while Telkom Mobile came in last at 10.9Mbps.

MyBroadband launched the free app for Android users in April, while their iOS app launched in June. The blog reported that 109 545 speed tests were done using Speed Test.

Vodacom users also conducted the most tests on the app with 53 162 checks, while  31 694 was done by MTN users, 14 419 by Cell C, and 10 270 by Telkom subscribers.

READ: Vodacom CEO says data prices could fall even further

The latest revelation follows Vodacom's success in revenue growth. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub told Fin24 recently that data prices could fall even further for customers, after encouraging recent results showed significant revenue growth spurred by data consumption. 

The mobile network provider grew its data revenue by almost 20% year-on-year, to R20.696bn, while its local customer base rose to 3 million, its financial results showed this year.

Vodacom also recently announced that it had agreed to buy a 34.94% stake in Safaricom, giving the wireless operator majority control of Kenya’s biggest company. 

Safaricom’s M-Pesa mobile-banking product is a significant market leader, processing about 851 billion shillings ($8.2bn) of transactions during the third quarter of 2016, about 79% of the total value of mobile-money transactions in Kenya. 

"We are focusing on the South African market and continued growth of data, as more people now have access to the internet," Joosub told Fin24. 

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