If you've recently chosen an EE 4G bundle along with your new phone or switched over to one, there's another reason why you'll feel vindicated.
EE locked horns with Vodafone, Three and Telefonica recently as they vied for the top spot in P3 connect Mobile Benchmark UK 2015 ratings. Having won the contest last year, EE stormed to the top yet again as it took long strides in terms of data performance. This is especially significant since all four carriers have splurged billions to offer optimum network, voice and data performance to customers.
To measure each carrier's performance in terms of voice call quality, success rates, file upload and download speeds, website access as well as SD and HD mobile video performance, the benchmark tests were conducted in major cities, highways and smaller towns. To ensure that testing was as close to end-user experience as possible, P3 tripled voice samples and doubled data samples and number of voice calls per hour over last year.
In terms of data performance, EE maintained a lead of over a hundred points over other carriers thanks to being the first carrier in UK to bring in carrier aggregation. However, Three took the honours in terms of voice services in both big and small cities, thus finishing second overall and Vodafone maintained its second position in both voice and data performance, finishing third overall.
“The benchmark revealed some very well performing services and some very well served areas of all operators reflecting their network strategies and investments”, says Bernd Theiss, editor connect. However, compared to the leading operators in Europe and all over the world, all the UK networks revealed room for improvement.
The operators have been very busy and invested heavily in their networks. To see how this affects the user’s experience, we have reduced the size and complexity of the test hardware - making it much more portable, and much quicker to set up. This way, we were able to include walk tests with indoor measurements”, says Hakan Ekmen, Managing Director P3 communications.