Who has Nairobi’s best mobile data performance?

MOBILE

|
Image: By Kiwanja.net
Who has Nairobi’s best mobile data performance?

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has released a study on the mobile data performance of local operators. The study, carried out for COFEK by independent audit company Phimetrics, rated Orange as having the best voice quality and 2G and 3G data speeds; while Safaricom has the widest coverage.

The study collected data in in-car drive tests and walk tests both indoors and outdoors over more than 400kms in Nairobi, with 8 – 9 hours of data collected each day for a week, in June 2012.

On voice quality, Phimetrics rated Orange first, followed by Safaricom, then Airtel, then Yu.

Safaricom scored 99.99% good outdoor coverage and 93.61% good indoor coverage, followed by Yu with 99.93% outdoors and 81.86% indoors; Airtel with 95.87% outdoors and 69.28% indoors and Orange with 92.66% outdoors and 50.46% indoors. All of the operators have acceptable voice quality (MOS) scores, but they were lower than international benchmarks, said the report.

On 2G performance, Orange topped the ranking, followed by Safaricom then Yu. It said Airtel 2G data had too many errors to give reliable results. On 3G, Orange led, followed by Safaricom and Airtel. The report said Yu did not offer 3G.

The report noted that 3G data speeds for all operators were lower than most 3G networks globally. The top operator in Nairobi delivered 2G data speeds of 87.5Kbps, compared with the top operator in Mumbai, India (96.2 Kbps) and top operator in London, UK (98.4 Kbps).

In Nairobi, the top operator delivered 3G data speeds of 899 Kbps, compared with the top operator in Mumbai (4098 Kbps) and London (3855 Kbps).



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

255 new mobile stations for Senegal pilgrimage

A total of 255 new mobile stations or BTS antennas have been made available in Senegal by SONATEL to cater for millions of Mouride believers who have gathered to the ‘holy city’ of Touba for their annual religious pilgrimage called ‘Magal de Touba’. Read More

Airtel customers to pay for Nairobi parking with Airtel Money

Bharti Airtel has partnered with Jambo Pay and Nairobi City County to introduce a payment option for parking fees via the Airtel Money platform. Read More

4G tests must be free, warns Senegal regulator

Senegal’s telecommunication regulator last week warned telecommunications companies not to charge users during their 4G tests. Read More

Ghana Telecoms Chamber, UNICEF launch Africa against Ebola SMS campaign

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, together with UNICEF, has officially launched the Africa against Ebola Solidarity SMS Campaign. Read More

Safaricom launches LTE Advanced

Safaricom has launched its LTE Advanced (4G) proposition in Kenya. Read More

MTN apologises to SA customers for network disruptions

MTN has issued an apology to South African customers affected by service disruptions in the past two weeks. Read More

The delivery of international SMS: outlook for 2025

Marking the 22nd anniversary of the first SMS, BICS says SMS will enjoy a healthy future, at least for the next 10 years. Read More

Chris wins Ghana Vodafone Icons 2014 in grand style

The auditorium of Ghana’s national theatre came to a standstill on Wednesday night as the master of ceremonies for the occasion announced Chris as the  overall winner of the 2014 Vodafone Icon contest. Read More

Airtel Ghana sweeps PR Excellence Awards

Maame Dufie Cudjoe, Kwame Gyan, Hannah Agbozo, Edward Sasu Appiah, Lucy Quist and Donald Gwira Airtel Ghana, Telecommunications giant and winner of CIMG Marketing Oriented Company of the Year, has won five awards at the 2014 Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards.  Read More

Who wins Vodafone Icons 2014?

Come Wednesday, the final five Vodafone Icons contestants will battle it out and trill music fans to their wonderful compositions to climax this year’s Remix Edition of Vodafone Icons at the National Theatre.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

PWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for somePWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some

PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.