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Ookla and UmIauT Name MTN as Best Network in Sub-Saharan Africa

A shopper walks past an MTN shop at a mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Global leading data and technology firms, Ookla and UmlauT, have named MTN as the best network in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Using insights from its data platform, “Speedtest,” which tests internet connection performance, Ookla, a network firm based in the United States, measured four network providers, MTN, Airtel, Orange, and Vodacom, which account for 62% of internet subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa, to determine which network providers have the fastest internet speeds and which cities have the fastest internet connections.

MTN South Africa came in first place with a median download speed of 65.95 Mbps, followed by Vodacom South Africa and Safaricom Kenya, with median download speeds of 48.71 Mbps and 36.25 Mbps, respectively.

According to the report, MTN Nigeria’s median download speed is 26.3 Mbps.

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When the internet download speeds of major African cities were calculated, MTN Cape Town and MTN Johannesburg came in second and third, with speeds of more than 60 Mbps in both cities, respectively, while Vodacom Johannesburg took first place with a speed of more than 81 Mbps.

MTN outperformed Orange in Côte d’Ivoire and Vodacom in South Africa, both in terms of median download and upload speeds. While MTN had faster download speeds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MTN outperformed Airtel in Rwanda in terms of median download speed.

In Nigeria, MTN service in Lagos is ranked amongst the top 10 cities with the fastest internet speeds, while MTN service in Abuja is ranked in top 15, both with internet speeds of more than 20 Mbps, outperforming Airtel in both states.

MTN Nigeria once again outperformed Airtel in terms of 4G availability, with MTN having 83.8% 4G availability against Airtel’s 77.9%.

Following a six-month analysis of over 320 thousand users, German IT firm umlauT revealed MTN as the best in test, best rated user download speed, and best rated latency in Nigeria, beating Airtel, 9mobile, and Glo.

With MTN Nigeria’s 5G network rollout and a combined investment of over $502 million by Nigerian telecommunications companies, internet speeds are expected to increase.
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