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More Industry InsightsNetwork vendors compared — Huawei, Nokia, ZTE, and Ericsson

April 5, 2022by myles0
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MyBroadband’s Q1 2022 speed test data revealed that South Africans enjoy the fastest mobile network performance on radio equipment from Huawei.

The report is based on over 300,000 speed tests performed by MyBroadband speed test app users and controlled drive tests.

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

Through NAPAfrica, all network operators present at its peering points are provided with a free 10 Gbps connection to MyBroadband’s speed test platform.

MyBroadband used the speed test results to look at the average speed that users get from the network equipment vendors Huawei, Nokia, ZTE, and Ericsson.

Mobile operators typically use two or more network vendors for their networks. Telkom is the exception.

  • Vodacom uses Huawei and Nokia
  • MTN uses Huawei, ZTE, and Ericsson
  • Rain uses Huawei and Nokia
  • Telkom uses only Huawei

While there is a difference in performance between radio access vendor equipment, other factors also impact the performance.

Core network architecture, backhaul capacity, and network optimisation may influence performance.

It is also dependent on the investment of mobile operators in specific areas. For example, operators will typically spend more on networks in cities, which translates into higher speeds in metropoles.

Even with these factors in mind, seeing how the different vendors compare on speed is interesting.


Vodacom

Vodacom uses Huawei and Nokia radio equipment. Huawei reigned supreme in download and upload speed, while Nokia offered slightly lower latency.

Vodacom Vendors
VendorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Average Latency (ms)
Huawei47.9517.8649.55
Nokia37.8011.8544.72

MTN

MTN makes use of three different vendors – Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE. Huawei performed the best in MTN’s network, with Ericsson following closely. ZTE had far lower speeds, but it offered the lowest latency.

MTN Vendors
VendorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
Huawei94.2325.3853.79
Ericsson81.2026.1254.40
ZTE53.5635.1944.48

Rain

Like Vodacom, Rain makes use of Nokia and Huawei radio equipment. Rain users covered by Huawei equipment received better speeds and latency.

Rain Vendors
VendorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
Huawei16.9811.0932.38
Nokia9.977.9241.02

Telkom

Telkom’s entire network is based on Huawei equipment, with average performance between what Rain and Vodacom achieved on Huawei equipment.

Telkom Vendors
VendorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
Huawei28.4611.3846.79

Vendor performance summary

Mobile Network Equipment Vendors
NetworkVendorDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Latency (ms)
MTNHuawei94.2325.3853.79
MTNEricsson81.2026.1254.40
MTNZTE53.5635.1944.48
VodacomHuawei47.9517.8649.55
VodacomNokia37.8011.8544.72
TelkomHuawei28.4611.3846.79
RainHuawei16.9811.0932.38
RainNokia9.977.9241.02

Source: My Broadband

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