New tests have shown that Vodafone is challenging EE’s place as the leading provider of mobile services in London.
The RootMetrics tests show that while EE is still the top provider, Vodafone is definitely snapping at its heels. The tests cover residential areas, airports, train stations, shopping centres and even sporting venues, and around 60,000 tests were carried out. Half of these focussed on mobile performance indoors, with the geographical areas covered including Canary Wharf, City of London, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Westminster.
EE shared the award for overall performance with Vodafone, although it did lead the way in network reliability and performance of mobile internet services. EE had to share the award for text performance with Three and O2, with Vodafone taking the awards for call performance and network speed throughout the urban zone.
EE achieved the widest coverage of 4G services in the city’s urban zone and was the top provider of services at the Emirates Stadium and Wembley Stadium; however, it was beaten by Vodafone at the O2 Arena. When it came to the city’s train stations, EE and Vodafone shared the honours. The latter was the leading provider at Liverpool Street and shared top place with its rival at London Victoria, with Euston, Waterloo and London Bridge claimed by EE.
When it comes to coverage while shopping, both Vodafone and EE users will find that they have a good-quality user experience at Westfield London. EE leads the way at Westfield Stratford City.