Speedtest has released its Q2 report that highlights South Africa’s best network providers. This includes both mobile and fixed ISPs. The report summarizes not only the average score of the best providers in SA but also the average latency through speed tests as well as the fastest mobile devices when it comes to internet performance.
First off we have the fixed internet speed results. According to Speedtest, the top-performing ISP in South Africa is Cool Ideas with a Speed Score of 45.76.
Fastest Internet Providers in South Africa
The Speed Score helps determine the overall download and upload speed of the ISP to rank its performance. First was Cool Ideas with 45.76, second is Afrihost with 35.79 and third is Webafrica with 34.21.
- Cool Ideas – 45.76
- Afrihost – 35.79
- Webafrica – 34.21
- Vox Telecom – 32.63
- Axxess – 30.02
- MWEB – 26.87
- Rain – 24.35
- Telkom – 20.04
- HeroTel – 14.76
Lowest Latency in South Africa
Cool Ideas had the lowest latency in Q2 2021 in South Africa
- Cool Ideas – 9
- Webafrica – 13
- Afrihost – 15
- MWEB – 16
- Vox Telecom – 17
- Axxess – 19
- HeroTel – 26
- Telkom – 31
- Rain – 41
The Consistency Score measures a provider’s overall performance when it comes to the quality of service. This is measured for both download and upload speed and how well the ISP can maintain the threshold between both speeds.
- Cool Ideas – 65.4%
- Webafrica – 57.6%
- Afrihost – 57.3%
- Vox Telecom – 53.9%
- Axxess – 49.3%
- MWEB – 41.1%
- Telkom – 37.1%
- Rain – 34.7%
- HeroTel – 32.5%
Fastest City in South Africa
Johannesburg is the fastest city in SA according to Speedtest. The city’s infrastructure provides the best speeds for downloads and uploads as well as the lowest latency.
- Johannesburg – 62.85Mpbs / 39.34Mbps / 15ms
- Pretoria – 51.61Mpbs / 36.65Mbps / 19ms
- Soweto – 50.88Mpbs / 32.42Mbps / 24ms
- Cape Town – 47.88Mpbs / 35.41Mbps / 20ms
- Durban – 41.33Mpbs / 31.35Mbps / 26ms
When it comes to mobile operators, MTN still reigns as the best among all the service providers. The Speed Score of 60.44 is well above its competitors.
- MTN – 60.44
- Vodacom – 35.38
- Telkom – 26.07
- Cell C – 23.53
Telkom has the lowest latency in mobile performance in South Africa
- Telkom – 26
- Vodacom – 29
- MTN – 29
- Cell C – 37
MTN is still on top when it comes to the general consistency of the network.
- MTN – 90.5%
- Telkom – 86.8%
- Vodacom – 83.7%
- Cell C – 79.2%
Fastest Mobile Devices in South Africa
If you are an iPhone 12 owner then you have the fastest mobile device in the country. Speedtest says that all the latest iPhone devices offer the best speeds and performance on mobile networks.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G – 93.36Mbps / 16.93Mbps / 26ms
- iPhone 12 Pro 5G – 91.15Mbps / 17.30Mbps / 26ms
- iPhone 12 Mini 5G – 90.99Mbps / 16.60Mbps / 27ms
- iPhone 12 5G – 89.59Mbps / 17.37Mbps / 27ms
- Samsung S21+ 5G – 85.64Mbps / 19.08Mbps / 29ms
Fastest Mobile Cities in South Africa
When it comes to the performance per city, Johannesburg is again at the top spot.
- Johannesburg – 50.06Mbps / 14.51Mbps / 23ms
- Pretoria – 51.14Mbps / 12.26Mbps / 28ms
- Durban – 45.16Mbps / 12.45Mbps / 29ms
- Cape Town – 38.58Mbps / 9.94Mbps / 27ms
- Soweto – 30.34Mbps / 10.99Mbps / 27ms
You can read the full report over on Speed Test here.