P3 communications today released its mobile benchmark report, revealing the quality of network performance in the UK in September. The report measured the performance of all four major networks and scores were assigned for categories like voice and data performance. The measurements were made in different scenarios like while driving, walking, indoors, in major highways, smaller towns, metropolitans and connecting roads.
The report reveals that even though EE remains the best performing network in the UK, it has lost ground in several areas to its competitors which has made the difference much narrower this year than last year. In London, Vodafone emerged as the best network by scoring 548 out of 675 overall. However, EE offered the best data performance and O2 offered the best voice performance in the capital city.
The strongest improvement performance year-on-year was achieved by Vodafone, who also emerged as the overall winner in terms of voice performance but EE managed to level in points through its strong data performance. In voice performance, EE was the worst performer with a score of 303, Three came third with 318 while O2 narrowly finished second to Vodafone with them scoring 326 and 329 respectively. Data performance wise, EE scored 500 points, Vodafone finished second with 474 points, Three finished third with 460 points while O2 finished a distant last with 421 points.
The benchmark scores also revealed that the best data and voice performance was observed during walk tests in cities. Drive tests in cities and towns also revealed good performance by all four networks but drive tests in connecting roads and highways revealed poor voice performance, except on the Three network. In major cities, Vodafone showed the best performance in drive tests and walk tests but O2 fared better in smaller towns while EE displayed the best data performance in major roads and connecting roads. All four networks boasted success ratios of over 90% on connecting roads which is a major improvement over last year.
"The most positive outcome of this year‘s mobile benchmark however, is that three out of four operators achieved “good" ratings – a first in the UK. This is proof not only of the huge efforts the providers took in extending their networks, but is also evidence of the influence of the P3 connect Mobile Benchmark on the development of the country‘s networks," said the report. "Probably the most interesting and positive outcome of 2016‘s P3 connect Mobile Benchmark UK is that three out of four operators were rated “good“ despite the use of a more demanding scoring scheme than last year. This is an unprecedented result in this market," it added.
Source: P3 connect Mobile Benchmark