Shopping Mall War Drive – The results

Cell C has claimed top spot in MyBroadband’s latest War Drive – the shopping malls edition. Vodacom was a close second, followed by Telkom and MTN. We tested the mobile data download speeds of the four networks in popular shopping malls in Gauteng, using four Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones and the Ookla speed test app (from the Google Play Store).

The tests across the four networks were conducted simultaneously while stationary, and we made sure we were far enough inside the malls to simulate what an average shopper would experience. The speed test apps were also set so all networks connected to the same server.

War Drive results

The results of the War Drive are detailed in the graphic below. The networks were ranked according to their average download speeds.

The top 10 individual download speeds from the tests are also detailed in the graphic. wardrive-malls

Raw data

The data from the speed tests is shown in the table below.

Network Speeds (Mbps)

Vodacom

MTN

Cell C

Telkom

Location Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up
Menlyn Park Mall 35.12 25.81 34.71 11.29 51.62 25.16 18.46 2.58
Brooklyn Mall 32.58 22.34 23.82 19.85 6.85 0.78 28.81 2.25
Mall of Africa 51.58 13.69 34.6 25.64 51.54 25.38 12.38 10.41
Nelson Mandela Square 53.35 25.28 10.92 3.09 50.23 26.36 9.45 3.00
Sandton City 63.62 25.92 34.38 13.28 50.16 23.38 22.04 10.96
Hyde Park Corner 9.94 1.48 42.56 0.65 48.14 5.19 69.28 5.04
Rosebank Mall 25.72 7.25 31.65 0.33 15.44 16.57 73.43 9.94
Melrose Arch 26.39 12.69 29.94 19.66 35.1 24.24 14.23 1.31
Average 37.28 16.80 30.32 11.72 38.63 18.38 31.01 5.68

The test bench

A new addition to our testing regime is a four-device test bench, pictured below. Our four phones are secured to the bench, which contains a battery pack and USB charging cables to keep the devices going.

A note: you don’t feel and look as ridiculous as you would imagine carrying this around shopping centres while running speed tests – it is quite stylish.

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Now read: MyBroadband War Drive: how Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C got better[1]

References

  1. ^ MyBroadband War Drive: how Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C got better (mybroadband.co.za)

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