Mobile coverage mapping company RootMetrics has published its latest ‘RootScore’ report for the UK. Its data, which covers the second half of 2013, shows EE as the overall winner for reliability, speed, data, calls and text messages.
Three UK was in second place, followed by O2 and then Vodafone.
The company conducts its tests using unmodified Android smartphones in major urban areas and in other randomly-chosen test locations.
Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said “Today’s results show that the EE network gives customers everywhere in the UK the best mobile experience. This is down to our ongoing investment in introducing 4G, increasing 3G capacity and upgrading 2G, while also spending hundreds of millions on phone call quality. We encourage the most rigorous independent testing of mobile networks in the UK, and strive to set new standards in performance and reliability.”
Meanwhile Vodafone has been quoted as saying the testing “does not appear to follow standard industry practices or is fully impartial”, while adding “we cannot take the results of this report seriously and neither should our customers”.
[Rootmetrics ‘State of the Mobile Union 2014’; BBC News; Telecoms.com; PC Pro]