EE best network in London, 7th time in a row: RootMetrics

EE has done it again. For the seventh time in a row, the operator has bagged the Overall RootScore Award in a hotly-contested race among the best networks in London in the first half of 2016.

The Overall RootScore Award was awarded to EE by RootMetrics based on a number of parameters including network reliability, speed, data performance and performance on calls and texts.

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In fact, EE bagged the top honours in all parameters and shared the award with Three on text performance in London. Overall, the operator scored an impressive 96.5 even though other operators like O2, Vodafone and Three didn't fare too badly with scores of 91.6, 91.3 and 90.9 respectively. While Three shared the award for offering the best call performance in London with EE and O2 in the second half of 2015, EE has grabbed it back to sweep the overall contest.

In terms of median download speeds, EE enjoys a healthy lead over the other networks. While EE offers 29.8 Mbps, Vodafone comes next with 11.4 Mbps, O2 with 10.2 Mbps and Three finishes last with 9.6 Mbps. According to Rootmetrics, downloading a 600 MB TV show on EE's network will take less than five minute but will take more than 9 minutes on Three's 10 Mbps network. In the first half of 2015, the median download speed offered by EE in London was 23.7 Mbps. Even though Three improved median download speeds from 6.2 Mbps to 9.8 Mbps, it continues to lag the other operators. However, Vodafone's median download speed came down from 12.1 Mbps in the first half of 2015 to 11.4 Mbps in the first half of this year.

RootMetrics' scores in second half of 2015

EE is still the best bet when it comes to network performance and speed

The last time RootMetrics conducted a similar testing in the London Metropolitan area was in the second of 2015. Back then, EE's overall score was 93.4 and it had, like this year, clinched the award on all six parameters. Between the second half of 2015 and now, O2 improved its overall score from 88.2 to 91.6, Vodafone increased its score from 89.6 to 91.3 but Three from 87.7 to 90.9. RootMetrics has also conducted similar city-wise tests in Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol and Belfast in the first half of this year.

EE continues to provide the best mobile performance across the UK, but we’re seeing some of the other operators making good improvements across all the different ways we use our mobile phones. What is heartening to see here is that all operators have scored in excess of 90 on 100 in overall performance, and you will now be able to choose your favourite bundle from any of the operators without worrying much about performance.

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