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MTN 5G tested: Blistering real-world speeds achieved

All tests were conducted inside a stationary vehicle and the Ookla software was left to determine the best server to connect to.
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MTN South Africa this week launched the first 100 5G high sites offering commercial 5G mobile broadband. TechCentral put the network through its paces on Thursday — and achieved significant speeds at all locations visited, all well above 300Mbit/s and one close to 800Mbit/s.

To get an idea of the performance of the network, we drove to various places in Johannesburg’s north-western suburbs where MTN said it has 5G coverage, including Northwold, Boskruin, Honeydew and Sundowner. (MTN also has coverage in the Bryanston and Fourways areas in Johannesburg, but we confined our testing to the north-western areas.)

TechCentral used a 5G-capable Huawei P40 Pro, supplied by MTN, to do the speed tests (we had to enable “NR”, or “New Radio”, in the mobile network settings before we could get a 5G carrier).

We then used Ookla’s Speedtest application for Android (it’s available in the Huawei AppGallery). Ookla’s Speedtest software is the gold standard for testing Internet speeds, both mobile and fixed.

All tests were conducted inside a stationary vehicle and the Ookla software was left to determine the best server to connect to.

We achieved our best download speed outside the Northwold Spar on Elnita Avenue in Randburg – 789Mbit/s – followed closely by a test at the Shell filling station on Taurus Avenue in Sundowner (783Mbit/s). We also achieved our best upload speed in Sundowner: 117Mbit/s. See our test results in the screenshots below.

Latency, or network round-trip times, was also very good, and akin to what one normally sees on fixed fibre broadband connections. Ping times were always less than 10ms in our testing.

Tested outside Northwold Spar, Elnita Avenue, Northwold, Randburg

Tested at Shell garage, Taurus Avenue, Sundowner

Tested outside Nando’s, Eagles Landing shopping centre, Honeydew

Tested at the Summerfields shopping centre in Boskruin, Randburg

Tested at the Engen garage, corner of Beyers Naude and Juice Street, Honeydew

Tested at Honeydew Eco Village, corner of Kalsedoon Street and Honeydew Road West, Honeydew


Duncan McLeod is Editor of TechCentral

This article was first published on TechCentral here

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Lol that’s hardly even 5G…

LOL…. explains their share price…. up 1 minute and down for 10 minutes…..too eratic…. actually getting frustrated with MTN

tests need to be more real-world. So instead of a test to the provider server, test all against say a cloud service like Google Drive or Apple iCloud.

There really is no point to a 800mbps connection to MTN when real world means you will still get maybe 5mbps download and 1mbps upload to a US West Coast server.

Fabulous, now SA is ready for self-driving cars (which needs 5G to function properly).

Question is: at such data speeds, what will your self-driving vehicle monthly 5G Data bill be?? (…won’t surprise me if it’s higher than the fuel bill 😉

….plus for everyone not living in the W/Cape, its critical also to download and install an “Pothole Avoidance App”…more data.

You might have to consider taking out a second bond for a new handset to participate.

When you google 5g speed test, you see it goes into the thousands….not the hundreds.

Well, once you Jhb and Ctn guys have all forked out huge amounts to try be flashy, the servers will be more stable, the prices decreased and the kinks ironed out by the time it hits us real cities with down to earth people.

Improve your service at Supersonic.

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