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EE Dominates UK Mobile Networks, Stumbles in 5G Performance

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RootMetrics, the research division of Ookla, recently presented their half yearly assessment of the mobile networks in the UK. A significant 634,942 tests across 16 of the UK’s densely populated cities formed the basis of this comprehensive study, all of which were conducted using the same smartphone model from Samsung.

Testing was undertaken in various situations, ranging from indoor settings to on-the-move scenarios, and at all times of the day. As anticipated, the results held few surprises. With a staggering 21st victory, EE, the largest mobile operator in the UK, bagged the Overall RootScore Award. EE managed to outdo its competitors in almost all categories evaluated in the study. The areas where it excelled were reliability, accessibility, and network speed. In fact, EE’s superior network speed was twice as fast as its closest competition, Vodafone.

However, the sole category where EE stumbled was in capturing the title for best 5G performance. In what can only be described as a closely-fought contest, Three UK managed to pip EE to the post for the top spot. “Three registered impressive overall speed results in major cities, and the operator’s prime blend of 5G availability and performance permitted Three to outpace EE and gain the Best 5G accolades in the latter half of 2023”, stated RootMetrics in their press release.

Vodafone, not to be left out, demonstrated a sturdy display, securing second place behind EE in six out of the seven performance divisions. Virgin Media O2 also maintained a steady consistent performance, displaying little variation from their H1 2023 results but nevertheless posting respectable performance metrics.

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