The result was EE dominating the overall speed category with an average download of 18.6 Mbps, nearly 6 Mbps ahead of its nearest competitor.
In fact, LTE availability had a lot more impact than raw LTE speed in determining the typical download connection our testers experienced.
In general the four operators performed worse in our tests than they did nationally in the East and West Midlands, East of England, South West, Scotland and particularly in Wales, where we measured the lowest levels of 4G availability in the country from all four providers. We measured LTE availability from each of the four operators 10% to 15% higher in the capital.That increase is to be expected to a certain degree.For this report, we not only delved into the national scores for all four operators, but we also examined how accessible all four operators' 4G services were in 12 U. Over the summer, we saw EE pull ahead of its competitors in 4G speed, averaging 28 Mbps in our download tests.3, which was tied with EE for fastest speed in our April report, came in second in our tests, with an average LTE speed of 24.5 Mbps, but the average speeds we measured for O2 and Vodafone both fell below the 20 Mbps bar. We measured average download speeds of 6.1 Mbps on 3's HSPA networks.We looked at operator performance in each of England's nine official regions as well as in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Just as EE won our national LTE availability category, it performed quite well on the regional level.As was the case in our national 4G availability metric, 3 wasn't even a contender on the regional level.We measured the lowest LTE availability on 3's network in almost every single area, and in one region — Wales — our testers could only connect to 3's 4G network in one of every four attempts. operators generally outperformed their respective national benchmarks in North East England and Yorkshire and the Humber, but the biggest improvement for all four was in London.We measured the highest level of 4G availability for EE in seven of the 12 regions, but in the remaining five regions it faced some stiff competition.In South West England EE tied with Vodafone for the prize, while in North East and South East England, Scotland, and Yorkshire and the Humber, we recorded three-way ties for best availability between EE, O2 and Vodafone.It's a measure of how often users can access a 4G network rather than a measure of geographic or population coverage. In our latest State of Mobile Networks report for the U. drew on 500 million tests conducted by more than 28,000 smartphone users between June and August. The update allows us to make more measurements, examine new types of network metrics and hone the precision of the measurements we've always collected, helping us isolate the typical consumer mobile experience more effectively (for more details, see our recent blog post). looked at different regional 3G and 4G trends across the country in a separate analysis published in our blog.