RootMetrics names EE the best UK network for ninth year

Mobile network performance measurement firm RootMetrics has named EE the UK’s leader for the ninth year running.

Overall, EE came out on top for all UK-wide RootScore categories ('Reliability', 'Accessibility', 'Speed', 'Data', 'Call', and 'Text').

Marc Allera, CEO of the consumer division at EE-owner BT, said:

“We are proud to be named the UK's best network for the ninth year running. Reliability is of huge importance to our customers, and we pride...

RootMetrics examines five years of call advancements

A report from mobile network performance specialist RootMetrics examines the past five years of call advancements.

The UK is set to bid farewell to copper landlines and upgrade to a fully digital call network. RootMetrics’ report highlights some of the advancements over the past five years that have made this switch viable.

By 2025, the UK intends to switch off its copper landline network in favour of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). As with any transition, there...

Report highlights audio-video experiences that will be ‘only on 5G’

A report from InterDigital and Futuresource highlights audio-video experiences that will only be available using 5G networks.

“Significant engineering and innovation has shaped the emergence of 5G and we are beginning to realise the benefits of this enhanced wireless ecosystem, particularly for video and video-enabled experiences,” said Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital.

“This report in partnership with Futuresource Consulting highlights myriad...

CityFibre’s full-fibre to deliver over £40B of direct economic benefits

New research suggests that economic benefits worth over £40 billion will be reaped by CityFibre’s full-fibre rollout.

The research – conducted by consultancy firm Hatch – covers a 15-year period and examines the rollout across 285 cities, towns, and villages in England and Scotland.

Boosts to productivity and innovation account for £22 billion of the economic benefits; with poor connectivity no longer posing a barrier.

As more people transition to...

Ookla finds Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps

Research from Ookla finds that Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps in 15 countries.

The results, from Q4 2021, suggests that SpaceX’s satellite system continues to beat median fixed broadband speeds in most locations:

StarlinkFixed BroadbandAustralia141.5551.35Austria131.8450.33Belgium155.1576.94Canada106.6496.39Chile118.95168.92France102.1575.47Germany115.5865.86Ireland123.5165.89Italy124.3949.56Mexico141.9436.56Netherlands138.4095.55New...

US telcos added far fewer broadband customers last year

According to Leichtman Research, US telcos were unable to maintain the huge surge in customers they saw in 2020.

In 2020, the largest cable and wireline phone providers in the US – representing about 96 percent of the market – added an eye-watering 4,860,000 subscribers.

Of course, the notable thing about that year was the emergence of COVID-19. Lockdowns meant that more people had to subscribe to more telecoms services to work, study, and socialise.

New...

Research: The leading 5 sectors for 5G investments

Research commissioned by World Wide Technology (WWT) has uncovered the leading five sectors for 5G investments.

Investors are excited about 5G and its potential returns. Among the investors surveyed for the research, 92 percent are either invested – or plan to invest – in companies that depend on 5G.

In declining order, the top five sectors identified for 5G investments are:

Cloud computing (identified by 72% of VCs and investors)Smart mobility (70%)Media and...

RootMetrics: EE maintains UK mobile network performance lead

The latest UK Mobile Performance Review from RootMetrics finds that EE remains the operator to beat.

EE earned the top spot across all seven of RootMetrics’ performance categories: Overall Performance, Reliability, Accessibility, Speed, Data, Call, and Text. The operator took home 109 of 112 RootScore Awards in major metropolitan areas.

Patrick Linder, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications at RootMetrics, said:

“As the UK’s hunger for data...

Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi

A report from Opensignal finds that Singaporean mobile users are enjoying faster speeds over 5G than WiFi.

The first 5G networks in Singapore went live in H2 2020 after the pandemic had begun. As with most of us around the world, Singaporeans have been spending more time at home using their fibre broadband rather than mobile networks.

On 5G networks, Opensignal’s users from Singapore logged an average speed of 179.6 Mbps. On WiFi, the average speed recorded was 120.9...

Ookla answers whether 5G is currently worth it

As we barrel towards the end of a year when 5G became available in most major cities and towns, Ookla set out to answer whether it’s currently worth the upgrade.

Ookla Speedtest is often the go-to tool for analysing network performance which gives the company deep, real-world insights into how the global rollout of the latest generation of mobile technology is going.

Q3 2021 test results from the non-5G iPhone 11 were compared with the 5G iPhone 12/13 as the main...