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Mobile 4G connection in UK is “worse than Estonia and Peru”

Mobile 4G connection varies a lot according to which part of UK you’re in. It lags behind Estonia and Peru for overall availability, according to latest figures.

It has been found that Middlesbrough is the best city for 4G access (83% availability), while Bournemouth is the worst (68%), as a report from consumer group Which? and independent mobile coverage analyst OpenSignal found. Overall 4G availability across the UK reaches an average of 65% – this means that mobile users can access 4G nearly two thirds of the time, according to the Independent.

UK ranks 54th in the world, behind Estonia and Peru, according to a previous report made by OpenSignal in November. A comparison of 20 of the biggest UK cities placed London on the 16th place, above Nottingham, Cardiff, Southampton and Bournemouth, while Glasgow and Edinburgh ranked 9th and 10th respectively. The fastest city was found to be Stoke-on-Trent and Brighton was found to be the slowest.


Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: “These latest findings underline the need for Ofcom to keep the pressure on mobile operators, so that every part of the country gets a decent service on their mobile phone.

“Our mobile phone is central to how we live our lives and that is why it is so frustrating when we can’t access emails or browse the internet on the go.”

OpenSignal chief executive Brendan Gill said: “The mobile data experience isn’t the same in every city for UK consumers.

“OpenSignal users found 4G signals more often in Middlesbrough than in Manchester and faster 4G connections in Stoke than in London.”

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: “We agree that mobile coverage must improve and understand the importance of having reliable mobile broadband, wherever people live and work.

“Ofcom rules mean that virtually all UK premises must receive a 4G signal by the end of this year.

“We’re also making available valuable new airwaves to boost mobile broadband, and have challenged mobile operators to explore how to reach all remote areas and transport lines.”


Daisy Wilder