EE tops latest RootMetrics mobile speed report

RootMetrics has crowned EE as the UK’s best mobile network in a new report. EE topped the charts in all six of the categories in the latest performance test, including speed, text and call performance.

EE's dominance isn't exactly surprising as RootMetrics' data does not differentiate between 3G and 4G performance, giving the UK's largest network a distinct advantage - it had a year's head start on rivals Three, O2 and Vodafone BT when it came to launching 4G.

Vodafone, which finished last in the latest overall performance test, has also questioned RootMetrics' use of unnamed "off-the-shelf" smartphones to compile the data, which could affect the consistency of test equipment and results.

Despite those concerns, RootMetrics said that speeds aren't slipping and revealed that all four major networks are actually getting faster. This conclusion contradicts recent reports that suggested 4G network performance was rapidly deteriorating.

EE was the fastest network by some margin; recording median downloads speeds of 14.8Mb and 22.8Mb in Coventry and Nottingham, respectively. Belfast currently has the highest speeds with EE, recording a snappy 30Mb.

Three did manage to challenge EE in one category after coming joint top for network reliability. However, RootMetrics said Three was the "only network to never record 10Mb or greater in our median download speed results for the 16 metros."

There were also words of encouragement for Vodafone. The provider propped up the pile with an overall 78.8 RootScore but is expected to fair better in the next report after "aggressively upgrading its 4G footprint."

Source: Expert Reviews

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