EE 4G continues to impress with average data speeds 4Mbps faster than they were in 2016, analytics firm OpenSignal has found.
Their State of Mobile Networks 2017 report found significant improvements in 4G availability across the UK.
4G speeds have been considered decent for some time now but were limited by Long-Term Evolution (LTE) accessibility. But with network improvements the report found LTE signals were more available in more locations in their latest round of tests.
Now the average EE 4G customer can get data rates of 31.8Mbps.
It’s another feather in the cap for BT-owned EE, which topped every speed and reliability chart in the latest RootMetrics report.
The following MNVOs use the EE 4G network:
- 1p Mobile
- ASDA Mobile
- BT Mobile
- Co-op Mobile
- Delight Mobile
- Plusnet Mobile
- Vectone Mobile
- Virgin Mobile
Much further down the list for 4G speeds are O2 15.42 and Vodafone with average data rates of 15.42Mbps and 18.17Mbps respectively.
Three came second with average 4G data rates of 23.08Mbps, but you’ll want to have a quick look at this report on Three’s 4G availability before you get too excited.
OpenSignal said the UK is finally shedding its poor reputation for access to 4G signals while maintaining relatively fast LTE speeds.
In the survey OpenSignal tracked the percentage of time a smartphone user can connect to a particular network.
For this reason, OpenSignal’s 4G availability award went to provider EE as testers were able to tap its LTE network 72.4 percent of the time.
As 4G availability improves across the UK typical speeds available to consumers were also on the rise. Users were able to find 4G signals more often. Consequently, users were spending less time connected to the slower 3G networks.
While 3G has performed well in the past, particularly when it comes to OpenSignal’s overall speed metrics, the fact that both O2 and Vodafone have seen their 4G availability scores improve has also seen 3G losing its advantage.
While EE continued to be ahead of the pack, both O2 and Vodafone enjoyed big boosts in the availability category but OpenSignal testers were only able to get an LTE signal with either O2 and Vodafone in roughly six out of 10 attempts.
OpenSignal also measured latency, a count of the network’s reaction time. Lower numbers are better, as low latency means more responsive apps and web browsing. This can mean less lag-time experienced when, for instance with video and voice communications.
EE won OpenSignal’s latency award with an average response time of 42.2 milliseconds, while EE tied with Vodafone for the 3G latency award.
The report concluded: “Our results in this report clearly show most UK operators are starting to take the availability part of the LTE network equation seriously.
“There are still plenty of countries that offer much more consistent access to LTE signals than the UK, but UK operators are making big improvements in a relatively short amount of time.”