Network Operations and Internet Security @ UChicago

Mobile Broadband Performance Study Kicks Off in South Africa

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  • Have you ever wondered what speeds you’re getting on your mobile device?
  • Do you want to know which applications are eating up your data plan?
  • Do you want to contribute to a data set about the quality of mobile Internet speeds in South Africa?
  • Do you have an Android phone?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, sign up for our study now!

Research ICT Africa is conducting a study in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology to measure the quality of broadband services in South Africa.

Am I eligible for the study?

You’re eligible for the study if you have an Android phone.

What do I have to do if I sign up?

Download and install My Speed Test by GTNoise our speed test on your Android phone. Go here to install the app:
Otherwise, scan the QR code above!

What do I get out of it?

Your data will help us learn about mobile speeds in South Africa.

 You also have a chance of winning a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini 8GB! However, only those conducting at least 3 speed tests per month until July 2013 will be elegible to win the Smart Phone. The more tests you run per month, the greater chance you have of winning the phone. Please be aware that each test can use 5-10 MB of data and running the 3 tests on the same day in the morning (between 7am-2pm) in the arternoon (between 2pm and 7pm) and in the evening (between 7pm and 7am) is preferable.

Where can I get more information?
If you’re interested and want more details, please contact us on

Download the FAQ on the mobile broadband quality of service study.

Author: Nick Feamster

Nick Feamster is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network operations and security, and anonymous communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 "Top Young Innovators Under 35" award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, and award papers at SIGCOMM 2006 (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI 2005 conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security 2002 (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security 2001 (web cookie analysis).

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