Hundred thousand sites tested
EE, which launched the UK’s first 4G mobile service last year, is largely keeping to its claims about faster mobile internet, though geographical coverage remains ropey, according to tests by research firm RootMetrics.
At the time of the service’s launch last October, EE boasted that 4G would be five times faster than 3G, though RootMetrics reckons that four times is nearer the mark with speeds averaging between eight and 12 megabits per second (Mbps).
Tests were conducted at nearly 100,000 sites in three cities and recorded average speeds of 9.4Mbps in Liverpool, 11.8Mbps in Cardiff, and 7.9Mbps in Sheffield.
Users were able to connect to the 4G network 71.3 per cent of the time in Cardiff, though this fell to 48.5 per cent in Sheffield and even lower outside the city.
“When it comes to availability of EE 4G in city centres, the picture is positive if not universally excellent,” said RootMetrics chief executive Bill Moore.
“We see the percentage of 4G improving in line with other launches, but there are some notable variations like people in Cardiff getting a better service than those in Sheffield, despite paying the same.”
EE, which plans to roll out 4G in 27 more towns and cities this year, was not available for comment.