Tested: Vodacom mobile 5G network using mobile data – 2022

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On a boring first Sunday of 2022, we decided to drive to Blairgowrie and Randburg to test the Vodacom mobile 5G network and see if we can connect to the 5G network whilst on a 5G capable Apple iPhone 12 Max Pro using the phone’s mobile data. We found speeds of up to 332Mbps using MyBroadband’s speed test page.

The first location we wanted to test was an open place so that there would be less interference from buildings and such. We parked at the park on Park Lane, Blairgowrie. We only managed 4G speeds there.

We then hightailed it to the parking opposite STADIO School of Fashion, where a 5G connection was promised by the Vodacom coverage map (and a nearby tower) for the school and Blairgowrie Plaza across the road.

Cellinfolite nearby Vodacom tower location
Cellinfolite nearby Vodacom tower location. Screenshot: Cellinforlite app
Vodacom mobile 5g coverage map Blairgowrie, Randburg
Vodacom mobile 5g coverage map Blairgowrie, Randburg. Source: vccoverage.afrigis.co.za

These are the results of the test done at the parking opposite STADIO School of Fashion in Blairgowrie, Randburg, showing a 305Mbps download speed, and a 25Mbps upload speed. The network indicator at the top right said 4G, but these were definitely 5G speeds!

Vodacom mobile 5g speed test Blairgowrie. (02 January 2022, Johannesburg, South Africa)

While stopped on the side of the road we did another test at the corner of Bram Fischer and Boundary roads. It showed download speeds of 240Mbps and upload speeds of 26Mbps. The top right network indicator still said 4G.

Vodacom mobile 5g speed test at the corner of Bram Fischer and Boundary roads. (02 January 2022, Johannesburg, South Africa)

The network indicator changed from 4G to 5G while driving north on Bram Fischer. The speeds were also quite high, with 274Mbps downloads and 40Mbps upload.

Vodacom mobile 5G speed test at 91 Bram Fischer road, Randburg. (02 January 2022, Johannesburg, South Africa)

And then right on the edge of the 5G mobile coverage map, at the corner of Republic and Bram Fischer roads where MultiChoice offices are, the speeds showed what we set out to find: 5G connection at 322Mbps download and 41Mbps upload speeds!

Vodacom mobile 5G speed test at the corner of Bram Fischer and Republic Road, Randburg. (02 January 2022, Johannesburg, South Africa)

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