EE 4G speeds revealed in new tests

Mobile broadband on EE, the UK's first major 4G network, is confirmed to be faster than on O2, Vodafone and Three.

EE has been named the UK's fastest mobile broadband provider, after tests revealed its 4G speeds are putting 3G providers to shame.

According to the latest study by mobile performance measurement company RootMetrics, conducted in Manchester city centre, the average download speed on EE's superfast network is 15.2Mb, while uploads come in at 9.4Mb.

It's hardly surprising, but EE's 4G service was found to be considerably faster than the 3G mobile broadband speeds offered by Three (6.3Mb), Vodafone (5.1Mb) and O2 (3.7Mb).

However, both O2 and Three beat EE when it came to being able to make calls.

RootMetrics chief executive Bill Moore said: "Our testers conducted more than 31,220 tests to deliver a highly accurate picture of mobile network performance in the Manchester area.

"EE is ahead of its competitors thanks to the introduction of its 4G service, which offers mobile internet that is more than twice as fast as the newest 3G technologies offered by other networks."

The situation could soon be about to change, however, as EE's rivals are expected to launch their own 4G networks within the next few months.

In an attempt to stay ahead, EE has promised to double the speed and capacity of its 4GEE service, taking its top speed to 80Mb, potentially doubling the average speed customers receive to around 30Mb.

That's roughly the equivalent of a superfast home broadband connection.

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