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MTN leads South Africa's mobile networks with exceptional speeds, while Vodacom excels in 5G. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

MTN has solidified its position as the leading mobile network operator in South Africa, as indicated by the Q1 2024 Mobile Network Quality Report published by MyBroadband Insights 

This comprehensive analysis was based on nearly 300,000 speed tests conducted by over 7,000 users nationwide between January 1st, 2024, and March 31st, 2024.

MTN Leads in South Africa's telecom sector 

MTN demonstrated exceptional performance with an average download speed of 82.48Mbps, significantly surpassing the national average of 66.82Mbps. Following closely behind was Vodacom with 77.45Mbps, while Cell C and Telkom trailed with 39.32Mbps and 30.49Mbps, respectively. Rain fell behind with an average download speed of only 19.41Mbps.

MTN's success can be attributed to its substantial investment of R10bn (US$53mn) in infrastructure over the past year. Notably, the company increased its capital expenditure by 15%, focusing on upgrading power systems to address South Africa's persistent electricity challenges.

While MTN dominates overall, Vodacom has emerged as the leading provider of 5G services, owing to its significant investment in 5G infrastructure deployment.

MTN's network excellence was evident in major cities such as Cape Town, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay. However, Vodacom maintained its dominance in Johannesburg.

Cell C showed notable improvement compared to Q1 2023, with average download speeds increasing to 39.32Mbps, allowing the company to surpass Telkom in performance.

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