MTN's lead in our national 4G Availability measurements was reflected in South Africa's biggest cities, where the operator won four out of five awards outright, pulling ahead of Vodacom in Johannesburg but being held to a draw by Telkom in Cape Town. MTN has now passed 90% 4G Availability in two cities — Durban and Ekurhuleni — and is just a few percentage points off this milestone in the other three. But as in our national results, it was Telkom who saw the greatest improvements in 4G Availability in the cities, including an impressive jump of over 10 percentage points in Tshwane.
In Download Speed Experience, the close race between the two leaders continued in the cities, with MTN winning two awards, Vodacom taking one and the remaining two metros seeing ties between the two. And these speeds are improving, with MTN and Vodacom now boasting Download Speed Experience scores over 20 Mbps in three cities each, while Vodacom won in Tshwane with an exceptional average speed of 26.6 Mbps.
In terms of Video Experience, we saw MTN win in two cities — Ekurhuleni and Tshwane — while it tied with Vodacom in the other three. But Vodacom is now able to claim it provides a Very Good Video Experience (a score of 65-75) in all five of the cities we analyzed, while MTN's score was just shy of this ranking in Cape Town.
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