Vodacom has once again been named the fastest local mobile operator in South Africa after emerging the winner of its speed awards.

OpenSignal, a mobile analytic company, indicated in its report that Vodacom topped its speed awards in the 4G download and upload, as well as the 3G download and the overall download speeds categories.

This gained the company the name, “South Africa’s speed king”.

Per the report, Vodacom has now firmly established itself as the dominant South African mobile operator in their metrics.

“Vodacom passed the 30 milliseconds threshold for the first time in our measurements, with a 4G latency score a full 4ms quicker than its closest rival, MTN,” the report stated.

However, MTN took the honours for the 4G availability award, with a score of 78%, extending its lead over Vodacom to over 6% points.

According to Arthur Goldstuck, managing director at World Wide Worx, the experiences of users went beyond just downloads.

“Being named fastest mobile operator gives you bragging rights, but the experience is key for consumers,” he said.


OpenSignal uses its app to gauge the experience of consumers on mobile networks quarterly.

It collected over 430 million data points from 39 707 consumers between May and July across South Africa.

It then compared the 3G and 4G experience of Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C across South Africa’s biggest cities, after which Vodacom came top.