EE Smashes O2 and Co in Mobile Internet Speed Tests

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

EE has been ranked ahead of its network operator rivals for mobile internet speed, so expect to see even more of Kevin Bacon's big, shiny teeth on your TV screens. Ofcom, which carried out tests in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Norwich between November and December last year, found that EE's 4G network averaged speeds of 20 megabits per second (Mbps).

O2, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well. Its 4G network averaged speeds of 10Mbps, and Ofcom said the company was consistently outshone by EE, Three and Vodafone. EE managed to deliver internet speeds higher than 2Mbps 92% of the time, with Three just behind on 87%, Vodafone on 82%, and O2 way down with 69%.

The regulator analysed the UK mobile operators’ upload, download and web-browsing speeds, as well as video streaming quality and call success rates (all four companies hit the 98% mark). MVNOs weren’t included in the study, as they piggy-back off the big boys’ infrastructure.

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Ofcom's latest report makes for much better reading for EE than the complaints report that was published yesterday. The company doesn't appear to be at the top of its game when it comes to dealing with irate customers. O2, meanwhile, is far more adept. Practice makes perfect, I guess. [BBC]