Are some areas better than others?
In a word yes – but it also depends on what you’re after. Ofcom completed some research that offers a snapshot of 4G speeds in various cities during 2014. They gathered data on four elements: download speed, upload speed, web browsing speed and latency (this is the time it takes for data to travel between you and a third party server – the longer it takes, the more delay there is, so it’s important when it comes to video calls).
What Ofcom found was that some providers were better than others at certain things. So for example EE was the best at upload and download speeds but Three offered the best web browsing service.
Ofcom has set out how it expects 98% of people living in villages, towns and cities in the UK to have 4G coverage by 2017. Of course there will be some hard to reach places that might miss out but Ofcom are advising the government on how to improve access to mobile networks. Plus, the government has also pledged up to £150 million for new mobile network infrastructure.