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The Fastest 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Operators in Major UK Cities

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 (4:37 pm) - Score 1,342

Statistical experts RootMetrics have today published a report into the mobile network performance of EE, Three UK, Vodafone and O2 across 16 of the United Kingdom’s largest cities, which reveals that EE delivers the overall best performance thanks to their stronger 4G network. But the others are catching.

Crucially the latest report also includes a split of 4G and non-4G (i.e. 3G and 2G Data) network performance, which is something that prior studies have tended to lack and this reveals that Three UK are still broadly top for the older styles of mobile data connectivity; often besting their rivals.

But overall there’s little disputing that EE continue to hold the 4G performance and coverage crown. The operator delivered median download speeds of above 20Mbps more often than any other network and they recorded this in 12 of the 16 cities tested. By comparison Vodafone, the next closest competitor, did so only three times.

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By Mark Jackson
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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  1. Vince says:

    Those results are a work of fiction in the real world.

    I had 2 months of EE’s pathetic service – including in several of those places as it happens, and I’ve never had such a poor service.

    The Hull speed in particular is laughable – it’s so bad in Hull it is even in the press – just a quick google will show – and my own experience was barely half the “half a meg” rate.

    Rootmetrics is absolute arse.

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