A new report from Which? And OpenSignal shows that, no matter how much Kevin Bacon is thrust at our faces, the UK’s still pretty rubbish with this 4G stuff, with too many consumers being forced onto 3G connections far too frequently. That said, I shouldn’t really be picking on Bacon. That’s because EE provides the best 4G coverage of all the major UK operators, with customers able to access the high-speed network 60.6% of the time. Sorry Bacon.
O2 (59%) and Vodafone (57%) follow, with Three (39.8%) trailing well behind. Interestingly however, Three actually provides the best average 4G download speeds, leading the pack with 18.7Mbps. EE (17.8Mbps) came next, followed by O2 (12.1Mbps) and Vodafone (11.8Mbps).
"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,” said Which? executive director Richard Lloyd. “Increasing 4G access should be a priority for mobile providers and Ofcom must continue to push them to make this a reality."
According to the figures, UK mobile phone users only have access to a 4G connection 53% of the time, putting us behind 39 other countries. Rule Britannia no more. Ofcom, it’s time to bust some balls. [SkyNews]