Rootmetrics H2 2022 report ranks EE best network overall, as well as across seven UK-wide categories, including reliability and speed.
Independent mobile analytics firm, Rootmetrics, have released their second half 2022 benchmarking report for mobile network operators in the UK.
The report saw EE awarded first place for all major categories across the UK, nations, and in metro city areas, covering reliability, accessibility, speed, data, call and text.
Rootmetrics reported a median UK-wide download speed of 58.5Mb for EE across both 4G and 5G connections, putting them way ahead of competitors Three with 28Mb, and Vodafone with 23.7Mb.
Virgin Media O2 was found to be the slowest network overall with medium download speeds of just 14.1Mb.
|UK median download speed H2 2022|
|Virgin Media O2||14.1Mb|
In each of the nations, EE was also found to be the fastest network, reporting 51.5Mb in Wales, 55.5Mb in Scotland, 52.5Mb in Northern Ireland, and 59.3Mb in England.
|Virgin Media O2||14.8Mb||14Mb||9.9Mb||8.4Mb|
EE beat Three, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 by some margin, with Three achieving second fastest provider in England with 28.7Mb median download speeds.
Again however, Virgin Media O2 was slowest, reaching just 9.9Mb in Scotland and 8.4Mb in Wales.
EE has been awarded first place by Rootmetrics testing for several years now, including in 2021 when the provider was chosen as the best network for 5G, despite being in contrast to parent company Ookla's Speedtest results which favoured Three.
The latest research from Rootmetrics places Three slightly ahead of EE for 5G download speeds, with Three reporting 202.8Mb median 5G download speeds, compared to 141.6Mb by EE.
While Three had the fastest overall experience, with their 95th percentile results reaching 739.4Mb, way ahead of all other networks, they didn't perform as well at the slower end of the scale with their 5th percentile results slowing to 11.8Mb compared to EE's 20.1Mb.
|5th Percentile||Median||95th Percentile|
|Virgin Media O2||5.4Mb||71Mb||258.2Mb|
In terms of availability, Rootmetrics highlighted EE as having shown the most improvement of coverage in a particular city with their availability in Cardiff increasing by 20.8% from 37.3% to 58.1%.
Virgin Media O2 also performed well in terms of coverage improvement, expanding their availability in Leicester by 19.6% from 39.6% to 59.3% between the first and second halves of 2022.
Read more on the best network for 5G in this guide.
To celebrate their 19th first place Rootmetrics ranking in a row, EE announced a further 19 locations where they've recently rolled out 5G.
EE now offer 5G in:
EE were also keen to point out they're the only network who has so far announced plans to make 5G available everywhere in the UK by 2028.
While 5G still has some way to go providers are rapidly expanding, with EE's 5G network so far reaching 60% of the UK, compared to 87% covered by EE 4G.
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