The 2019 Rootmetrics review of the performance of mobile operators across the UK has just been released for the first half of this year.

EE remained top in UK-wide testing, winning or sharing all six awards for the fourth straight test period. They distanced itself from the competition in the call category. In the second half of 2018, EE and Three shared the UK Call RootScore Award. This time, however, EE won the call award outright.

It has the fastest aggregate speed in UK-wide testing. Their aggregate median download speed of 37.6 Mbps across the entirety of the UK was the fastest among all operators.

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Vodafone improves in many categories

Vodafone stepped up in UK-wide testing, earning five second place finishes while sharing the UK Text RootScore Award with EE. In the second half of 2018, Vodafone ranked second in four categories and didn’t win any UK RootScore awards.

It improved its rankings for network reliability and call performance from third in the second-half of 2018 testing to second in the first half of 2019, and the operator’s ranking for text performance moved from second in the last test period into a two-way tie for first with EE in the first half of 2019.

Vodafone delivered an impressive aggregate median download speed of 21.7 Mbps in the UK-wide testing. Similar to what was found in each nation, Vodafone’s speed was faster than those of O2 and Three but not as fast as that of EE.

Three comes third

As befits their name, Three came third in all six categories with their median download speed of 13.6 Mbps in UK-wide testing was a bit faster than that of O2 and similar to Three’s speeds in several metro areas.

Read the full report