Glasgow in Scotland has the highest Excellent Consistent Quality in the UK, with Vodafone coming out on top as the best provider with 86.1% Excellent Consistent Quality percentage and a Core Consistent Quality of 98.4%. With a 1.3% difference, EE falls in second place with an Excellent Consistent Quality of 84.8%. O2 comes in third with a 13.3% gap between Vodafone with 72.8% Excellent Consistent Quality, but still has a strong Core Consistent Quality percentage at 96%.
3 rounds out the top four with 70.2% Excellent Consistent Quality and 95% Core Consistent Quality.
For median download speeds in Common Coverage Areas, we see a shift in rankings relative to Consistent Quality, with EE coming in first with 21.7 Mbps. Vodafone has a result of 18.4 Mbps, a 3.3 Mbps difference. From here, we see a large drop in download speed with 3 and O2 reporting 10 Mbps and 9.4 Mbps, respectively.
In the city rankings, Leicester came in a close second with an Excellent Consistent Quality percentage of 77.6%, a 0.8% difference between Glasgow and Leicester. Despite EE falling to second in the Scottish city of Glasgow, in Leicester the provider ranked first with an Excellent Consistent Quality percentage of 82.8% and a Core Consistent Quality of 97.4%. O2 has a more favorable result in Leicester, with 76.2% Excellent Consistent Quality percentage, followed closely behind by Vodafone (73.5%) and 3 (70.2%).
In regards to median download speeds, EE has the strongest speed at 21.4 Mbps, with an 8.7 point lead of O2 that came second with 12.7 Mbps. Vodafone had a result of 11.7 Mbps and 3 rounds out the top four with 101. Mbps.
Liverpool has the third-highest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage at 77.2% and is only the second city (along with Glasgow) to have Vodafone as its best provider in the UK. Vodafone only marginally tops the ranking in Liverpool with 84.6% Excellent Consistent Quality and EE following with 84.5%. 3 comes in third with 73.2% and O2 has the lowest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage with 69.4%, 15.2% difference with Vodafone. In regards to Core Consistent Quality, there are much smaller margins meaning that mobile users in this city can perform the simplest of tasks on their devices. Vodafone continues to have the highest Core Consistent Quality with 98.3%. EE also performs a high Core Consistent Quality percentage with 97.6%, 3 at 95.6%, and O2 also meeting the consistent quality threshold with 94.7%.
Interestingly, when it comes to median download speeds, Vodafone does not fair as well. EE had the highest download speed in Common Coverage Areas of Liverpool with 21.5 Mbps. Vodafone falls in second with 19.9 Mbps, 3 with 11.1 Mbps and O2 had the lowest at 8.8 Mbps.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne, most commonly known as Newcastle, comes in fourth in our testing of common average areas in the UK with 76.7% Excellent Consistent Quality. EE comes out on top with the highest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage with 81.9%. O2 comes in second with 75.5% Excellent Consistent Quality, Vodafone with 74.9%, and 3 in last with 70.5%.
In similar fashion, EE has the strongest median download speed at 19.3 Mbps and has a rather large gap between the rest of the providers in this test. O2 has a result of 12.6 Mbps, Vodafone at 11.9 Mbps, and 3 at 10.2 Mbps.
Leeds comes in with the fifth highest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage in Common Coverage Areas of the UK with 76.1%, and EE as the top provider for this city. EE has the highest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage with 82.8% and the highest Core Consistent Quality percentage with 97.3%. O2 has the second highest Excellent Consistent Quality with 74.4% but the third largest Core Consistent Quality with 96.5%. Vodafone has 74.2% Excellent Consistent Quality and the second highest Core Consistent Quality at 97%. 3 has 71% Excellent Consistent Quality and the lowest Core Consistent Quality at 93.9%, a 3.4% difference between EE and 3.
The rankings for median download speed are unchanged but a massive gap appears between EE at 20.2 Mbps and the rest of the providers, with 12.8 Mbps for O2, a 7.4% difference.
Birmingham urban area
Birmingham urban area of the UK only just takes out the sixth place position with Manchester lapping at this feet and Leeds also only 0.1% ahead in Excellent Consistent Quality. EE is the top provider for this area with 84.4% Excellent Consistent Quality, but marginally loses out to top Core Consistent Quality with 97.5% Vodafone has the top Core Consistent Quality at 97.6% and the second highest Excellent Consistent Quality with 80.9%. We see a large drop in Excellent Consistent Quality for both O2 and 3, both showing results of 69.3% and 68.6% respectively for Excellent Consistent Quality.
For median download speeds, we again see gaps between the top providers with EE at 23.1 Mbps and Vodafone in second with 18.3 Mbps. 3 and O2 report download speeds under 10 Mbps with 9.8 Mbps and 8.8 Mbps respectively.
As noted, Manchester only narrowly comes in seventh place with an Excellent Consistent Quality percentage of 75.9%. It also has the lowest median download speed result with 12.6 Mbps.
EE has the highest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage of 85% and the second highest Core Consistent Quality percentage with 97.8%. Again Vodafone is showing itself as a better operator for easier use cases with the highest core consistent percentage of 98.1%, although only a 0.3% marginal difference compared to EE. For Excellent Consistent Quality, Vodafone has 83.6%.
3 has an Excellent Consistent Quality result of 70.6% and O2 has the lowest Excellent Consistent Quality percentage with 67.4% and the lowest Core Consistent Quality percentage with 93.9%.
EE is again the only provider to reach over 20 Mbps for median download speeds, with 22.4 Mbps for Manchester. Vodafone has a median download speed of 18.5 Mbps, 3 with a download speed of 10.3 Mbps, and O2 in fourth with 8.2 Mbps.
In eighth place, Bristol has an Excellent Consistent Quality percentage of 75.5% and has one of the lowest median download speeds with 12.9 Mbps. EE and Vodafone tie for first in Excellent Consistent Quality with 82.1% but EE only just take out top spot. With a 13.2% difference in Excellent Consistent Quality, 3 comes out in third place with 68.9% followed closely by O2 with 67.6%.
For median download speeds, EE is in first with 21.1 Mbps, Vodafone with 19.4 Mbps, 3 with 9.9 Mbps, and O2 with 8.6 Mbps.
Sheffield is Tutela’s ninth ranked city in the UK with 75% Excellent Consistent Quality and the second highest median download speed at 13.6 Mbps. EE ranks first for Excellent Consistent Quality with 83.7% and a high Core Consistent Quality percentage with 97.5%.
And rounding out the top 10 spot is London with 74.3% Excellent Consistent Quality. EE again came in first with 83.4% Excellent Consistent Quality and a Core Consistent Quality percentage of 97%. Vodafone is in second with 75.6% Excellent Consistent Quality, O2 in third with 69.2% and 3 in fourth with 66.5% Excellent Consistent Quality.
Tutela is an independent crowdsourced data company with a global panel of over 300 million smartphone users. We gather information on mobile infrastructure and test wireless experience, helping organisations in the mobile industry to understand and improve the world’s networks.
Tutela collects data and runs network tests via software embedded in a diverse range of over 3,000 consumer applications, which enable the measurement of real-world quality of experience for mobile users, 24/7. For this report, we gathered over 16 million speed tests and 259 million latency measurements between March 1st and August 31st 2019.
Tutela measures network quality based on the real-world performance of actual network subscribers, inclusive of occasions when a network or tariff may be throttled or congested. Results in this report are based on a testing configuration designed to represent the typical (rather than maximum) performance that users experience. We use a 2 MB file to perform our download testing and a 1 MB file to perform our upload testing. Latency performance in this report reflects one-way UDP latency. Tests are conducted against the same content delivery networks that power many of the world’s most popular consumer applications, and as such reflect the end-to-end performance of the network.
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