The average 4G speed in the UK is under 15Mbps, according to new data from Ofcom gathered through 120,000 speed tests in Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Poole and Bournemouth.
Ofcom revealed that 4G speeds from across the five cities averaged 14.7Mbps, down from an average of 15.1Mbps in November 2014 tests. The average 3G connection speed also dropped, from 6.1Mbps to 5.9Mbps.
However, while the average speed has slipped, this could partly be down to the regulator changing three of the locations where the data was gathered. Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester were not included this time.
In the two cities were results were take in both periods there were changes between the averages.
In Edinburgh speeds fell notable by 12.5 percent from an average of 16.8Mbps in Q2 2014 to 14.7Mbps in Q4 2014. In London, though, speeds actually rose, although only by 0.1Mbps to 13.2Mbps.
Speeds between operators varied. EE retained the crown by providing the fastest average connection of 18.6Mbps, a slight increase on the last set of results.
Vodafone was second with 16.4Mbps, a sizeable 2.1Mbps increase in just six months. However, O2 and Three let the operators down. O2 dropped from 15.6Mbps to 13.9Mbps, and Three dropped from 10.7Mbps to 8.5Mbps.
The table below shows each operator's 4G and 3G speed averages.
Meanwhile the average speed for uploads is 13.6Mbps. EE was top again with 17.6Mbps, while O2 offers 13.2Mbps and Vodafone 13.1Mbps. Three brings up the rear with 9.4Mbps.
Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s consumer and content group director, said the results showed that 4G is delivering a vastly superior performance to 3G.
“4G is delivering a significantly enhanced mobile experience and, as these services roll out across the UK, our research will support consumers when choosing the right mobile package for their needs," he said.
The fact that EE has the top download and upload speeds will be welcome news to executives at BT, which is in the process of buying EE for £12.5bn. Furthermore, BT has started offering 4G services on EE's network from £5 a month.
Meanwhile, Three has agreed a deal to buy O2, which it hopes will boosts its 4G average to ensure that those considering a move to 4G services do not jump ship to join a faster rival.
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