4G Network Showdown Crowns EE the Fastest, But Three Best for Web Browsing

By Gerald Lynch on at

Ofcom's researchers have been venturing out into the wilds of Britain once more, waving smartphones above their heads in an effort to ascertain which leading network (Three, O2, Vodafone or EE) currently offers the best service when it comes to 4G connectivity. Interestingly, it's been unable to outright name one network as the best of all, with the leaders each showing benefits unique to their services.

When it comes to download speeds, EE and O2 prove fastest, hitting speeds of 18.4Mbit/s and 15.6Mbit/s respectively. That's better than the 15.1Mbit/s average. Vodafone only manages 14.3Mbit/s, with Three lagging behind at 10.7Mbit/s.

Surprisingly however, Three proves the fastest when it comes to loading webpages, managing to complete Ofcom's test in 0.62 seconds. EE was the next fastest network at 0.76 seconds, with O2 and Vodafone following behind, each on 0.82 seconds.

As for coverage, EE is miles ahead of the competition, with 70 per cent of the country covered as of October 2014, with O2 and Vodafone again neck and neck at 51 per cent. Though conflicting data between Three and Ofcom prevented the regulator from giving a coverage percentage for the network, Ofcom points towards an OpenSignal report that places Three last among 4G providers. The full Ofcom report can be read here.