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nPerf Ranks EE Top in 2021 Benchmark of UK Mobile Networks

Friday, February 12th, 2021 (9:38 am) - Score 1,536
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French company nPerf has today published the results of their annual crowd-sourced data study into UK mobile broadband (4G, 5G) performance, which finds that EE has unseated rival Vodafone from last year’s top spot and is now named as the best operator across most of the performance categories.

In this study nPerf’s results appear to be based off 133,408 connection tests (including speed, web browsing and streaming tests), which were made via their dedicated mobile app (iOS, Android). The data was then aggregated to establish a performance benchmark (i.e. the final results are based off 96,712 relevant tests performed by 11,350 users).

The nPerf score goal aims to reflect the customer experience and is based on the “five most important” KPI’s (download speed, upload speed, latency, streaming and browsing). As usual there are caveats to this sort of crowd-sourced data, such as the fact that it could be impacted by any limitations of the devices being used and it hampers the ability to adopt a common type of hardware in order to establish a solid baseline of performance.

Last year (2020) saw Vodafone pick-up the win with a total of 78,284 nPoints (here) and strong results across the key categories (e.g. average speeds of 50.35Mbps download and 13.66Mbps upload etc.). By comparison the winner in 2021 has been named as EE, which scored a total of 78,297 nPoints (e.g. average speeds of 59.80Mbps download and 12.38Mbps upload etc.).

Meanwhile Three UK was the most improved operator overall and saw their nPoints score jump from 57,223 last year to 64,397 this year, with big gains in internet speed and latency performance. By comparison O2 hasn’t changed much over the past 12 months.

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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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8 Responses
  1. Avatar lucian says:

    Thanks in no small part to yours truly, who is benchmarking his EE 5G connection every morning and sometimes several times per day. :-)))

    1. Avatar Henri says:

      Well Lucian – I’ll now start benchmarking my Three 5G every morning as well to top the tables off.

      Only joking I wouldn’t make much a difference but I do get 560Mbps down and 10 up (shows their 4G network is pretty overutilised).

  2. Avatar Bubblesthefish6 says:

    If only they judged reliability too. They may be fast but you get no speed whatsoever when they fall over completely on a regular basis…….

    1. Avatar Lucian says:

      Luckily not my experience.

    2. Avatar Jon says:

      No speed? They are the fastest 4G network, even during the lockdown they are consistently good and the high prices keep the rabble out.

    3. Avatar Bubblesthefish6 says:

      What I’m trying to say is that they do an extremely poor job at keeping my mast up and running. Since it’s in the middle of no where and has a few other masts and monopoles joined onto it, it means that a large part of our area is left without signal. It has happened 22 times over 2020

  3. Avatar Tim says:

    I used nPerf in Autumn 2020 to survey my area of interest, using SIMs from all four networks (or MVNOs) and made the switch from Voxi to EE as a result. I’m now paying twice the monthly cost, but the service improvement is worth it to me.

    I’m getting 4G+ almost everywhere I go (sometimes over 200 Mbps), whereas Voxi was dropping to 3G far too often for my tastes. I’ve also gained VoLTE, WiFi calling and 16X more data allowance. I don’t need the data, but some might.

    Prior to Voxi I was with Three for several years. Great value, but weak coverage where I need it most. O2 (via GiffGaff) – Meh! Lukewarm effort all round from them.

  4. Avatar Aled says:

    Out of interest, when band 28 700Mhz spectrum 5G is auctioned by the govt in March, what kind of rural speeds do you think will be likely over a 5 mile direct line of sight external antenna?

    I read that the range is 30 to 250 meg, so perhaps I was thinking 50-100mb,but that is more of a gut feel than anything else.

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