New research from credible network speed-testing services Ookla has put MTN ahead of rivals – Airtel, Orange, and Vodacom – in terms of the speed available on their respective network.

The report by Ookla revealed that MTN was the fastest mobile operator among the top four providers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Speedtest Intelligence data shows that MTN South Africa delivered the fastest median download speeds across analyzed operators, at 65.95 Mbps in Q2 2022.

However, Vodacom in Johannesburg was the fastest operator considering speeds across top cities, reaching 81.36 Mbps median download speed in Q2 2022.

In South Africa, MTN outperformed Vodacom in terms of median mobile speeds during Q2 2022.


Using Speedtest Intelligence data we compared mobile performance in Q2 2022 on modern chipsets across 21 operators. Our results show that median download speeds ranged between 2.89 Mbps (MTN Guinea) and 65.95 Mbps (MTN South Africa). Median upload speeds varied between 1.55 Mbps (MTN Guinea) and 14.84 Mbps (Airtel Uganda).

“We can clearly see the impact that 5G has on overall performance as South African operators came first thanks to having 5G networks in place,” explains Ookla.

MTN South Africa was well ahead of the rest of operators, despite facing challenges with load shedding, with median download speed of 65.95 Mbps, followed by Vodacom South Africa with a median download speed of 48.70 Mbps. “If we take 5G out of the equation, Safaricom Kenya was the fastest operator among the analyzed operators.”


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