The EE network offers the best data performance and text messaging across Manchester, although Three and O2 scored the best for call performance based on data in an independent report by RootMetrics.
The company performed over 30,000 scientific tests in the region in early April, rather than using crowd-sourced data from apps run by the public. The information shows that EE scored the best for mobile data speeds by far.
This is unsurprising as it is the only network currently offering 4G services, but the data – which is based on tests using a Samsung Galaxy S3 device – underlines the differences in the services on offer, as the table below shows, especially for upload speeds.
Jeremy Kuhn, director of international marketing at RootMetrics, told V3 that the report had thrown up some interesting data, especially on the rollout of 4G by EE.
He cited the fact that last time the firm tested in Manchester it saw fairly low coverage in the area, and only around 50 percent in the city. This has now increased to around 75 percent in the city and around 55 percent for the rest of the area.
“4G is really doing quite well and it’s great to see that, as we want to see consumers getting a better service,” he said.
But O2 fared the best for calls, with the lowest number of call failures, and Three was just behind (see table below).
Kuhn said these numbers were good as they were lower than five percent, which is what most areas of the UK experience, with some remote areas going as high as nine percent.
For text messages, O2 and EE fared the best. O2 in particular scored well, with no texts failing to send at all during testing.
Overall, RootMetrics said EE was the best-performing network, scoring 94 from 100 based on the firm's metrics. This was ahead of Three with 88, O2 with 82 and Vodafone with 77.
Kuhn explained that the firm only uses Android devices for its testing as the open nature of the platform makes it easier to gather detailed data on the network tests, unlike the iPhone.
Earlier this year EE also came out on top in Hull, in a similar report from RootMetrics. The firm may find itself facing stiffer competition in the coming months, though, as rivals O2 and Vodafone open up their 4G networks to the public. Many will be hoping this leads to a pricing war as firms scrabble for customers interested in taking advantage of the benefits of faster mobile networks.
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