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

Saturday, February 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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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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6 Responses
  1. That should be “insight, not “incite”.

  2. Avatar Mark

    I can confirm that my EE sim sometimes appears as Orange PCS and sometimes as t-Mobile UK on speedtest.net, although I live around 5 miles away from the nearest 3G mast it is DC-HSPA+ enabled and I usually get around 9MBIT down, 3MBIT UP (a bit weather dependant!) – This is using a 4G router with an external Antenna though, not on a phone….

  3. When 3G arrives in Bridgnorth, Shropshire on EE, do let me know. I spent the last 3 years arguing with EE about no coverage, even though their maps claim otherwise. They finally have admitted that network coverage was reduced when T-Mobile and Orange merged locally.

    I can however get a perfectly good 3G signal in the middle of nearby forest when out walking my dogs in the morning. I guess I could setup a small office on a log in the summer :/

  4. Avatar DanielM

    I can confirm the networks are different therefor will report differently. I run several servers, EE is usually reported as Orange but using the t-mobile ASN

  5. Avatar Phil

    It’s a pain when T Mobile getting top speed but it auto revert back to EE (Orange) low speed. I wish I choose T-Mobile as a default to stop auto change to EE (orange)

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