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T-Mobile Top Ookla List of the Top 5 Fastest UK Mobile Broadband Operators

Saturday, Feb 8th, 2014 (8:58 am) - Score 1,246

Global broadband ISP speed testing outfit Ookla have revamped their Net Index (Speedtest.net) service to include a useful summary of download and upload speeds for Mobile Broadband operators in the United Kingdom (as well as other countries). Interestingly the fastest operator is T-Mobile.

Sadly there’s not a lot of reliable data around concerning the performance of Mobile Broadband operators, although Ofcom are planning to publish a new report. In the meantime Ookla has helped by giving us a little more insight.

Fasted UK Mobile Providers (Download Speed)
1. T-Mobile (EE) – 11.8 Mbps
2. Vodafone – 11.5 Mbps
3. O2 – 8.0 Mbps
4. Three UK – 6.6 Mbps
5. Orange UK (EE) – 5.2 Mbps

Fasted UK Mobile Providers (Upload Speed)
1. T-Mobile (EE) – 5.2 Mbps
2. Vodafone – 4.8 Mbps
3. O2 – 3.3 Mbps
4. Three UK – 1.9 Mbps
5. Orange UK (EE) – 1.8 Mbps

As usual there are some familiar caveats here. Ookla’s tests only tend to depict general network performance, while individual connectivity will naturally vary between different locations and device types (i.e. you might get much faster or slower speeds than displayed above).

We also note that EE itself has not been included, although its siblings T-Mobile and Orange UK have, which is rather unusual but may also be a reflection of how their servers appear to Ookla’s system (e.g. some EE connections may appear as Orange or T-Mobile to Ookla’s test).

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By Mark Jackson
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