Mobile service provider EE topped five out of 6 test parameters set out by Rootmetrics today, capping it's performance by topping the network reliability testing.
The tests were part of Rootmetrics' Mobile Network Performance Review for the latter half of 2014. Finishing second to EE in the five parameters, Three remained a close second, while also finishing the best in network reliability tied with EE.
Noting the stiff competition, Rootmetrics said, “...EE might have the lead at the moment, but the race with Three is a close one. Three’s continued strong performances make it another strong contender for consumers looking for performance at the UK level.”
Issuing a warning to EE, Rootmetrics suggested that Three could go up top in the next survey. In a special mention, Rootmetrics noted “Three’s second place finish in network speed at the UK level is particularly noteworthy. Three does not have the same breadth of 4G footprint that the other networks have…but its consistency not only in urban areas but also in rural spaces helped it outperform O2 and Vodafone, both of which were much slower outside the larger metro areas.”
Three are also very chuffed with the results as Bryn Jones, Chief Technology Officer at Three said: "These results show that we are leading the market on reliability and giving our customers a consistent, quality network experience.”
The results will be sweet music to BT which is set to enter the UK mobile space yet again with a £12.5 billion acquisition of EE. The superior network performance in major cities as well as in earstwhile 'not-spots' will enable BT a quicker and smoother transition from a 'landline-only' to a 360 degree communications company.
Rootmetrics also noted that the stiff competition among mobile network providers has also resulted in overall improvement in data speed, network reliability as well as mobile internet performance, a trend which benefits the consumers in the long term.
The only blot in the largely impressive showdown was Vodafone's blocked call rates. We are sure that mobile network companies would be glad with the assessment, however there's way to go as far as complete connectivity and consistent data speed across the country can be achieved.
Hopefully, Rootmetrics' next survey will bring in better news.