Three UK is the winner in RootMetrics' latest report

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Independent mobile network performance specialists, RootMetrics, offer some of the most respected reports in the wireless industry. This is thanks to their unique testing methodology which takes into account over 1,000,000 samples and ensures tests match real-life scenarios through using popular smartphones, covering a diverse range of indoor and outdoor locations, different usages, and conducting tests over both peak and off-peak traffic times.

EE now appears to be facing stiff competition from Three

Their anticipated reports cover the first and last half of each year, and RootMetrics has released their report for the second half of 2014 today which is showing a marked improvement for all mobile networks operating in the UK.

EE has once again led the pack in overall network performance with a 'RootScore' of 89.4 out of 100. Three UK is the most notable operator in this report, and has increased its score from 84.3 in the first half of 2014 to become the runner-up with a score of 86.2 in the second half. The Hutchison Whampoa-owned network also shares first place with EE for call reliability, and was able to leap from last place for call quality in the first half of 2014 to runner-up in the second half.

In their report, RootMetrics note: "An increase of this magnitude is rare to see, and Three’s jump in the call standings is yet more evidence that the network could become a serious competitor to EE’s lead."

RootMetrics covers six categories in their testing; Overall performance, Network Reliability, Network Speed, Mobile internet performance, Call performance, and Text performance. These key areas are tested at both a national and a metro-level.

Three UK is the most notable operator in this report, and has increased its score from 84.3 in the first half of 2014 to become the runner-up

As mentioned earlier, all the major operators showed an improvement in their networks across the board which is important as 4G continues to be rolled-out. The only possible pitfall was from Vodafone who fell behind quite considerably in terms of call performance. In this category, the operator scored 83.4 (with its nearest competitor being O2 who scored 87.2)

EE is still dominating the UK mobile networks, but now appears to be facing stiff competition from Three. It's little surprise that BT is looking to acquire EE to be in a position to offer the UK's first true quad-play packages, whilst Three is looking to merge with O2 in the hopes of pushing their score just a little further to reach the top of the podium.

What do you think about the results of RootMetrics' report? Let us know in the comments.

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