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Comparing 4G Network Performance in Tshwane Under Stable Conditions

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Comparing 4G Network Performance in Tshwane Under Stable Conditions

MyBroadband conducted network performance testing in high-density areas of Tshwane to assess how mobile networks perform for the average consumer in the absence of load shedding.

Comparing 4G Network Performance in Tshwane Under Stable Conditions

The testing covered voice quality and 4G data speeds, focusing on the technology most commonly used by South African consumers.

The tests were conducted during a period of suspended load shedding to provide a comparison of network performance under normal conditions, without relying on backup power.

In terms of data throughput, Vodacom and MTN were the frontrunners, with competitive performance in various areas.

Telkom showed significant improvements compared to its historical performance in the last three months, surpassing Vodacom in Pretoria.

Notably, Telkom demonstrated enhanced download speeds in Pretoria, improving from 28Mbps to 39Mbps in the latest test.

When it comes to call quality, there were some surprises. MTN experienced a few dropped calls, affecting its ETSI-calculated call quality score, which values voice metrics and consistent performance.

Networks with better average performance but significant call drops could score lower than their more consistent counterparts.

Overall, all networks performed well with minimal issues, and dropped calls played a pivotal role in determining the final scores.

In Centurion, Telkom took the top spot, narrowly beating Vodacom. However, call quality in Pretoria was slightly inferior compared to Centurion, with Vodacom emerging as the leader, followed by Telkom and MTN.

These results provide insights into network performance in high-density areas, offering valuable information to consumers and highlighting areas for improvement in South Africa’s mobile network infrastructure.

Centurion data tests

Network Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
Vodacom 63.27 14.91 28.86
MTN 57.07 15.32 23.51
Telkom 42.61 8.74 18.68
Cell C 32.22 9.9 25.48

Pretoria data tests

Network Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
MTN 47.75 26.4 26.64
Telkom 38.64 12.35 20.06
Vodacom 32.48 13.06 30.63
Cell C 21.59 14.79 28.81

Centurion voice quality tests

Network
Performance Score
Telkom 95.00%
Vodacom 94.90%
Cell C 82.70%
MTN 80.00%

Pretoria voice quality tests

Network
Performance Score
Vodacom 77.10%
Telkom 67.40%
MTN 62.50%
Cell C 58.60%

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

For Further Notice Visit Official Site 

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