MyBroadband recently tested the mobile network quality in the Eastern Cape as part of its countrywide mobile network testing project.
Coverage and data throughput tests are conducted using the MyBroadband Speed Test App, running on Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphones — the world’s first phone to support Cat. 21 LTE connections.
A SIM from Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, and Rain was installed in each of our test devices, and performance tests were conducted at regular intervals while driving.
MyBroadband’s speed test servers are hosted in Teraco’s vendor-neutral data centres to ensure an impartial testing environment.
Mobile Network Quality Score
One of our test routes was along the R72 between East London and Port Elizabeth. Thousands of speed tests were conducted along the route, and in the cities themselves.
Averages for the download speed, upload speed, and latency measured for each network is calculated for the area, then combined into a Network Quality Score out of 10.
Each of the these three averages are normalised, then weighted according to importance. The weights for each of these key network performance indicators were derived from the results of a MyBroadband survey. The survey asked IT professionals how they rate the importance of download speed, upload speed, and latency when choosing a mobile data connection.
Understanding the maps below: Each of the red dots