EE tops first nationwide Android and iOS network test

EE tops first nationwide Android and iOS network test

By Manny Pham

Operator ranked first in more UK cities for connection performance, in first network test carried out on Android and iOS simultaneously

EE is best overall network in performance according to tests carried out by benchmark vendor Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), on the UK’s major networks.

The test was carried out in August and September 2016, collating 987,000 data and voice task tests. It’s the first of its kind to be carried out simultaneously on Android and iOS.

The following cities were tested on: Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Combining mobile internet and voice call scores, EE was ranked the best in the 17 cities.

O2 and Vodafone both scored best in nine cities (equal with EE), with Three in third place scoring best in eight cities (also drawing with EE). During the test some networks scored equally in certain cities.

However Three is ranked the best for voice quality. The network provides VoLTE service called “4G Super-Voice” to tackle indoor notspots.

North/South divide

O2 is the best 4G network for Northern cities, being ranked the best in four out of the seven cities. EE is the best 4G network for the South of England for 4G connection time. Operators are ranked based on connection percentage.

GWS CEO Paul Carter said: “Our independent test provides British consumers with an unbiased view as to which mobile network can best support their needs.”

“By using the state-of-the-art Android and iOS devices we have collected the most thorough data set to date, and we are committed to presenting the results in a way that is relatable and linked closely to the real world experience of the end consumer.”

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