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NetOne vs Econet, LTE and 3G speed test results set a benchmark for more tests, is there anyone getting these speeds?


Finally, the long awaited speed tests are here!

There is a mobile data war brewing in Zimbabwe and all the recent signs point towards it. We’ve reported on promotions being suspended, illegal products removed from the market and the reaction to our initial speed tests with operators reaching out to us one after the other inviting us to speed tests,.

We’ve learnt a lot from the two meetings with NetOne and Econet’s Network Optimization team and are grateful for the time spent with them.


Bridging the gap between operators and subscribers is key to ensuring a better quality of service, its easier to lodge a complaint or argument when you’re knowledgeable of what you deserve or need.

On that note, if you have any issues with your network be it the internet, voice or SMS, get a hold of your operator as soon as possible via these channels or any other channels you may know of, now they have to fix the issue, POTRAZ is watching:

Econet: Econet Facebook | Econet Twitter | Call them on 111 | Live Chat

NetOne:  Netone Facebook | NetOne Twitter | Call them on 123 | Live Chat

Telecel: Telecel Facebook | Telecel Twitter | Call them on 150

We plan to share all the knowledge and insight we gathered from our meetings in due course.

We note that there was a lot of speculation behind this particular speed test, quite a few readers felt that we may be duped by the operators.

We can neither confirm nor deny those allegations on behalf of the operators, but what we can do is use the results we got with them as the benchmark speeds of 3G and LTE in Zimbabwe.

We are now more aware of how different factors play a part in user experienceon the internet and will try by all means to factor it into our tests and assessments in random areas moving forward, an exercise we are still committed too.

But since this is about the results, here they are:


CarrierConnection Type Download SpeedUpload Speed
netone-miniLTE 20.22Mbps10.07Mbps

City Centre (Harare Post Office)

CarrierConnection Type Download SpeedUpload Speed
netone-miniLTE 9.89Mbps17.75Mbps
unnamedLTE 19.39Mbps19.8Mbps

Warren Park

CarrierConnection Type Download SpeedUpload Speed
netone-miniLTE 9.57Mbps0.52Mbps
unnamedLTE 25.87Mbps19.75Mbps

Kuwadzana 4

CarrierConnection Type Download SpeedUpload Speed
netone-miniLTE 11.39Mbps5.61Mbps
unnamedLTE 25.51Mbps21.81Mbps

Marlborough (office)

CarrierConnection Type Download Speed Upload Speed
netone-miniLTE 10.2Mbps10.56Mbps
unnamedLTE 34.54Mbps22.19Mbps

For interest sake in NetOne test, we used a Sony Xperia Z3, a HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps mobile device and an iPhone 6S Plus a HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps mobile device. 

In the Econet test we used a wide range of devices, one which we unanimously disqualified because it was just too fast, it was a Samsung S5 4G a HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat6 300/50 Mbps mobile device. So if you’re looking for a device with super fast network capabilities there it is, it bursts up to 40+ Mbps on Econet’s LTE regularly.

There are many factors that determine the outcome of speed tests and ultimately your experience on the internet, nevertheless as subscribers we do have rights granted to us by POTRAZ in its QOS, something we inted to also touch on soon.

Also, we decided to use the average of all the test to determine the general speed a user may experience, a change from our old method where we would use the peak and minimum value results as indicators of the mobile data speed.

So is there anyone getting these speeds?

Don’t forget to follow the guidelines listed on our speed test page if you want to participate in this exercise.

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