4G proven to outperform 3G

4G proven to outperform 3G

4G networks are providing a better service for customers when compared to 3G, research from Ofcom has suggested.  

The regulator took samples from five sample towns and cities, including Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle and Poole/Bournemouth, all of which have both 4G and 3G services on offer.

It found that in these areas, 4G networks delivered an average download speed of 14.7Mbit/s (compared with 5.9Mbit/s on 3G), and just 0.72 seconds to load a web page (that figure was just 1.04 seconds on 3G).

A total of 120,000 test samples were taken, with the research finding variations between the UK's network operators, which include EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.Vodafone.

EE's 4G network now has coverage over 81 per cent of UK homes and businesses – an increase from the 68 per cent recorded in June 2014.

However, there have also been strides made by the 4G services of O2 and Vodafone, with both taking their coverage to 66 per cent and 65 per cent respectively – up from the 43 per cent and 37 per cent recorded in June 2014.Vodafone, with both taking their coverage to 66 per cent and 65 per cent respectively – up from the 43 per cent and 37 per cent recorded in June 2014.

Of the cities tested, average download speeds for 4G services came in at 14.7Mbit/s, which was over twice as fast as the average 3G speed of 5.9Mbit/s.

Web browsing was also faster on 4G, with it taking an average of just 0.72 seconds to load a webpage, compared to 1.04 seconds on 3G.

Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s Consumer and Content Group Director, said: “People are increasingly connected, communicating and sharing content on their mobiles when out and about.

“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.”