With an average mobile download data speed of 18.57 Megabytes Per Second, Halotel continues to top the bill as the fastest provider in Tanzania.
This is according to Ookla’s Quarter 4 Internet Performance Report based on the latest Speedtest Global Index rankings of the late 2022, which was made available to the Tanzania Times newspaper.
Based on the Vietnam communications entity, Viettel, Halotel Tanzania managed to maintain steroids on its data handling throughout last year and seems to have retained the mojo into 2023.
Vodacom maintains second position in mobile data speed with 16.38 Mpbs.
Tigo with 14.23 Mpbs has finally managed to beat Airtel and climbing up to the third place, leaving the former dropping its data download speed to a measly 13.11 Mpbs.
But, Tigo also happens to top the speed of tethered internet services, though few Tanzanians use this option.
The Etisalat powered, Zanzibar Mobile firm, Zantel, continues to suffer the lowest download speeds averaging at 6.55 Mpbs. Zantel was bought by Tigo last year and while Tigo tries to improve its speed, Zantel remains down low.
On the other hand the state owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), a public entity has somehow failed to make into the Speed-test 2023 list.
But while Halotel performs better than other Tanzanian providers, it is still not up to the notch compared to other firms in the neighboring countries such as Safaricom in Kenya.
Also, Halotel is accused of raising data bundle fees regularly and without notice and is currently one of the most expensive providers.
And like all other Telecoms in Tanzania, Halotel connections are unreliable and only seem to be available in urban centers, snubbing rural settings.
So far it only Vodacom that has tried to introduce 5G connectivity in Tanzania but in very limited locations.
The country relies on mostly 3G and 2G networks with 4G only deployed in urban centers especially around selected parts of big cities like Arusha, Mwanza, Dar-es-salaam and Dodoma.
The Speedtest Global Index rankings are based on median download speed to best reflect the speeds a user is likely to achieve in a market.
SGI monitored country-based data providers throughout 2022 and it continues to provide data on mean performance for comparative reference until February 15, 2023.
Changing the Speedtest Global Index from mean to median shakes up the global rankings quite a bit. Namibia jumps 23 places on mobile while Ireland drops 28 places on mobile.
Countries like South Korea where 5G is well established and widely available see little change in their mobile rankings. On fixed broadband, Algeria sees a dramatic increase of 30 places while Venezuela suffers the largest drop of 35 places.