MTN maintains best mobile network status

14th July 2021 By: Natasha Odendaal - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Telecommunications group MTN has maintained its position as South Africa’s best mobile network during the second quarter MyBroadband Insights report.

The mobile operator achieved a network quality score of 9.79 during the second quarter of 2021, an increase on the score of 9.73 reported in the first quarter of the year, attributed to its R50-billion network investment, which helped it extend coverage, improve network quality and increase speeds.

The second quarter 2021 Mobile Network Quality Report showed Vodacom in second place with a score of 5.72, followed by Telkom with a score of 5.19, Cell C with 4.16 and Rain with 3.61.

MTN had the highest average download speed at 67.22 Mb/s, followed by Vodacom with a speed of 33.74 Mb/s, Telkom at 29.04 Mb/s, Cell C with 20.72 Mb/s and Rain with 11.83 Mb/s.

Overall, South Africa had an average mobile download speed of 37.49 Mb/s – 10 Mb/s faster compared with a year ago – and an average upload speed of 13.59 Mb/s.

The report, which is based on 304 001 speed tests performed by 11 347 MyBroadband Speed Test App users across South Africa between April 1 and June 30, said that the improved network performance stemmed from increased network investment and temporary spectrum issued to mobile operators during the lockdown, which helped mobile networks to increase their network capacity and improve their average speeds.