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More Africa NewsMTN 5G tested – Blisteringly fast speeds

July 1, 2020by myles0
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MTN launched its 5G network in South Africa on 30 June with 100 sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth.

This 5G launch, MTN SA CTIO Giovanni Chiarelli said, was made possible, in part, by the recent allocation of temporary spectrum by ICASA.

MTN delivers 5G connectivity using four spectrum bands – 3.5 GHz (58 sites), 2,100MHz and 1,800MHz (35 sites), 700MHz (5 sites), and 28GHz (3 sites).

The operator is also re-farming some of its 4G spectrum to allow it to run 4G and 5G spectrum, at the same time, in the same band.

While MTN’s 5G network is currently only available in a handful of suburbs, the company is planning to significantly expand its coverage in future.

MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa said their 5G network rollout will be ramped up to more sites once government allocates permanent spectrum through the planned auction later this year.

“Our call to the regulator and government is to release permanent 4G and 5G spectrum as a matter of urgency, so that we can fuel the digital revolution,” said Motsa.

MTN 5G tested, with impressive results

MTN’s service is offered in two variants – 5G home Wi-Fi and 5G mobile.

MTN said its 5G home Wi-Fi offers average speeds of 100Mbps and peak speeds of 500Mbps, while 5G mobile offers average speeds of 50Mbps and peak speeds of 500Mbps.

To test this claim, MyBroadband did drive tests in 5G coverage areas using a Huawei P40 Pro, which features the Huawei Kirin 990 5G chipset.

MyBroadband also tried to test the network using LG V50 5G devices, but these phones would not connect to the MTN 5G network.

This was not unexpected, as MTN is not advertising the LG V50 as a compatible device and is offering the more feature-rich LG Velvet instead.

We tested the download speed, upload speed, and latency in multiple locations in Johannesburg using the MyBroadband speed test app.

MyBroadband’s speed test servers are hosted at NAPAfrica in Teraco’s vendor-neutral data centres to ensure a neutral testing environment.

The results were exceptional. The average download speed was above 500Mbps while the average upload speed was 84Mbps. The average latency was 15ms.

Download speeds peaked at well above 700Mbps and upload speeds peaked at over 100Mbps.

Even when driving at 110km/h on the N1 highway, MyBroadband achieved download speeds of 431Mbps.

The tables below provide an overview of the performance of MTN’s 5G service in Gauteng in areas with good coverage and signal strength.

MTN 5G Network Performance
ComponentPerformance
Average Download Speed503Mbps
Maximum Download Speed752Mbps
Minimum Download Speed233Mbps
Average Upload Speed84Mbps
Maximum Upload Speed107Mbps
Minimum Upload Speed30Mbps
Average Latency15ms
Lowest Latency12ms
Highest Latency20ms

Epson Downs Shopping Centre

Epsom Downs Shopping Centre
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
745.411100.26816
733.655101.73715
722.48799.11415
660.540100.02515
658.541100.92914
613.551100.86015
545.67776.13714
536.00196.33114
511.928106.60613
507.03978.30115
494.26382.70915
477.48377.73716
468.51089.64914
436.37795.27815
394.19585.24316
232.820101.06313

Nando’s Bryanston

Nando’s Bryanston
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
549.17599.05815
548.19699.53815
510.85263.05013
505.547100.45514
468.507100.68115
466.02097.07012
451.199100.00415
443.34998.79416
419.38880.91316
380.83793.03715
379.15583.98415

Design Quarter

Design Quarter
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
726.63888.79315
691.04381.25615
681.48494.40715
670.41995.23614
617.79292.64614
604.20166.56016
584.55692.48615
561.27156.36115
535.52565.85215
468.74377.90816
356.43277.93418
310.36836.45119
269.58262.39517

The Palazzo Montecasino

The Palazzo Montecasino
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
618.704104.83015
595.92592.66616
583.64964.82218
570.77898.70715
549.234104.80616
518.828103.09914
512.891100.25712
498.18897.28916
474.20067.06916
446.36985.37515
402.16738.00320

William Nicol Drive

William Nicol Drive
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
751.588100.35715
729.14098.09115
712.001100.92914
641.528100.86015
588.62492.16215
528.262102.27314
480.60463.95215
469.628102.88314
463.30099.19717
459.41358.44316
419.90699.61615
411.02833.93320
361.27437.13716
352.96075.23315
309.73536.37215

MTN Head Office

MTN Head Office
Download Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
572.64999.86019
565.04497.58017
563.02899.46315
553.23397.15019
542.73193.82116
458.15495.62614
366.93733.38715
362.70096.15819
347.48867.93816
280.69256.67515
272.13642.52714
253.09656.99016
245.12229.85817

Source: My Broadband

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