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RootMetrics Show 4G Coverage in 16 UK Cities by Mobile Operator

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 (2:41 pm) - Score 1,019
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RootMetrics has today published another batch of results from their latest study, which reveals the 4G (LTE) network coverage of the United Kingdom’s four primary mobile operators across 16 of the biggest UK cities. EE delivered the best coverage but often only by the narrowest margin.

Generally Vodafoneshared” honours for providing the most coverage in 12 of the 16 metro areas tested, while Three UK was only able to provide comparable 4G coverage levels in just two cities (Liverpool and Manchester). We should point out that Vodafone and O2 have a network sharing agreement, which makes their similar scoring somewhat predictable.

It’s worth comparing the 2018 results with a similar study that was conducted in 2017 (here), which shows just how quickly O2, Vodafone and Three UK have managed to catch up with EE. Even though Three UK clearly still has a bit of extra work left to do.

4G Coverage by Major UK City (%)

Metro area EE
O2
Three
Vodafone Most coverage
Belfast 99.60% 98.70% 90.90% 96.70% EE/O2/Vodafone
Birmingham 100.00% 96.70% 94.60% 98.10% EE/O2/Vodafone
Leeds and Bradford 99.80% 97.80% 91.60% 97.60% EE/O2/Vodafone
Bristol 99.30% 95.10% 84.40% 94.90% EE
Cardiff 99.50% 86.90% 83.20% 87.80% EE
Coventry 99.80% 99.20% 87.90% 97.10% EE/O2/Vodafone
Edinburgh 99.60% 98.00% 88.40% 97.20% EE/O2/Vodafone
Glasgow 98.90% 95.90% 91.80% 97.90% EE/Vodafone
Hull 100.00% 94.30% 86.50% 96.70% EE/Vodafone
Leicester 100.00% 95.10% 81.80% 96.00% EE
Liverpool 99.70% 95.50% 97.50% 98.10% EE/Three/Vodafone
London 99.40% 95.40% 90.80% 92.80% EE
Manchester 100.00% 98.60% 96.30% 99.00% EE/O2/Three/Vodafone
Newcastle 99.70% 97.00% 94.30% 98.70% EE/O2/Vodafone
Nottingham 100% 98.90% 93.60% 97.00% EE/O2/Vodafone
Sheffield 100.00% 98.80% 93.80% 97.00% EE/O2/Vodafone

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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he is also the founder of ISPreview since 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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  1. K

    Three is not surprising.

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