EE was once again performed the strongest of the mobile networks at the latest set of Rootmetrics network tests.
The BT-owned firm topped the categories for overall performance, network speed, mobile Internet, call and text.
Three performed the best in the network reliability test, the operator also did well in the call and text performance helping it to second place overall. It managed this despite finishing last in the network speed test.
Vodafone claimed the second spot for network speed and ranked in third position overall. O2 improved its performance in calls text and speed but was placed last in the overall performance rankings.
Rootmetrics’ testing has been criticised by some networks in the past something that the business now feels is behind them.
Speaking exclusively to Mobile Scott Stonham, general manager of Europe at the benchmarking firm explained that this acceptance had taken time: ‘We go into a market like the UK, we do our studies and no one tells us where to go, what to do, who to test or what to publish. There are other companies out there that try to do this consumer type of testing, they let the operators know where they are going and when they are going. They also give the operators some control over what gets published. That’s not our business model, we’re totally independent and without their influence at all.
‘When we came to the UK that’s exactly what we did, so in 2013 there was a lot of backlash against our results. Some operators embraced it there and then and some operators took a while to embrace it. They understand now that this isn’t someone doing something without understanding without thought, without any kind of methodology, this is a valid and accurate picture of the performance.’