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Brits only receiving 4G speeds half of the time, study reveals



UK smartphone users paying for 4G LTE data are only benefitting from the enhanced speeds 53 per cent of the time, new research has revealed.

A report from OpenSignal and the consumer advocate Which shows, on average, Brits are only receiving the next-gen speeds slightly more than half of the time.

The study involved thousands of participants across the UK, who reported their findings to an app.

It found EE users were benefiting from coverage most often, while Three users are experiencing the worst coverage.

Contrarily, the study found, customers on Three were at least receiving the fastest 4G speeds, where available.

The State of Mobile Network report (via BBC) said the UK was falling behind other countries in the field.

It surmised: “Though EE led the pack in 4G coverage, no operator in the U.K. was able to deliver a truly consistent LTE signal.

“In our most recent State of LTE report, U.K. operators combined had an average 4G coverage of just 53%, a particularly poor showing considering at least 39 countries offered coverage of 60% or greater.”

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The report revealed the four major operators are still relying heavily on 3G coverage.

While EE led the way with LTE signal 61 per cent of the time, Which claimed the coverage was ‘not good enough.'

"Almost everyone now uses a mobile phone service and it's not good enough that the UK is lagging behind so many countries with our 4G network coverage," Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which, said.


April 20, 2016, 7:31 am

I'm not sure if the source is any better, but this reads as a network bashing exercise. No evidence of the testing methods, no information at all on the better 39 countries and I for one didn't have to pay for 4G, I was upgraded for free, as I think almost all pay monthly customers were on all the networks. So "getting the 4G we are paying for..." well we are, as we didn't pay!


April 20, 2016, 4:22 pm

Even worse, some operators 4G speeds are actually slower than their 3G speeds in some locations. 4G becomes merely a naming excercise or bragging rights.
A set of standards wouldn't go amiss though I suspect 'the general public' are not fussed about the details, as long as it says "4G" on the tin.

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