Which? 4G Report Ranks UK Regions by Speed and Availability

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

A new report from Which? And OpenSignal has confirmed that it’s far easier to access 4G in the capital than it is elsewhere in the UK, but the connection speeds in London are significantly slower.

According to the consumer watchdog’s numbers, Londoners can latch onto a 4G network 69.7% of the time, with that figure dropping as low as 35.4% in Wales.

However, since London’s packed to the rafters with people, average 4G speeds are a measly 18.8Mbps. In Wales, that rises to 21.7Mbps. The bit of the UK with the fastest connection speeds is Northern Ireland, with 23.3Mbps.

Below is the 4G availability table:

  1. London - 69.7%
  2. Yorkshire and Humberside - 61.3%
  3. North East - 60.3%
  4. Northern Ireland - 58.5%
  5. North West - 54.8%
  6. South East - 54.3%
  7. West Midlands - 52.3%
  8. Scotland - 50.4%
  9. East Midlands - 49.9%
  10. East of England - 48.9%
  11. South West - 45.7%
  12. Wales - 35.4%

And now the average 4G speeds table:

  1. Northern Ireland - 23.3Mbps
  2. Yorkshire and Humberside - 22.8Mbps / East Midlands - 22.8Mbps
  3. East of England - 22.3Mbps
  4. South East - 21.9Mbps
  5. Wales - 21.7Mbps
  6. West Midlands - 21.6Mbps
  7. Scotland - 21.1Mbps
  8. South West - 20.9Mbps
  9. North West - 20.6Mbps
  10. North East - 20.1Mbps
  11. London - 18.8Mbps

The report also singled EE out for praise, ranking it the best mobile network for both availability (64%) and average download speeds (27.9Mbps). Three, meanwhile, scored 43.7% and 24.4Mbps, Vodafone got 60% and 17.9Mbps, and O2 got 59.9% and 16.1Mbps. [BBC]