Tests on EE's new 4G network in Manchester have found it to be a rather patchy experience in these early days, with fewer than half of the city centre test locations able to connect to the new LTE service.

The data, pulled together by RootMetrics, found that only 40.2 per cent of test sites right in the middle of Manchester were able to find and connect to the 4G signal, although those that were able to connect could expect to luxuriate in download speeds of around 17Mbps on average.

One unexpectedly positive stat concerns connections indoors, which some thought would suffer thanks to EE's use of the higher frequency 1800MHz spectrum to offer its 4G network. It actually fared pretty well, with 93 per cent of indoor tests making a successful connection, compared to a slightly high outdoor average of 97 per cent. [BBC]