Worst places in the UK for 4G mobile internet revealed

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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From Digital Spy

London is one of the worst cities in the UK for users of 4G smartphones – that's according to a report by consumer magazine Which? and analyst OpenSignal.

The report ranks 20 of the biggest cities in the UK by what percentage of the time its citizens experience 4G connectivity.

The best urban area of the UK for consistent 4G is Middlesbrough, while the worst is Bournemouth.

OpenSignal assembled the data using 500m readings from smartphones. These were collected from 30,000 users between December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.

Cities in the north of England feature more heavily in the top five, whilst cities in Wales and the south of England are more prominent in the bottom five.

Top

  • Middlesbrough/Teesside - 82.7%
  • Sheffield - 79.3%
  • Sunderland - 79%
  • Leicester - 78.6%
  • Leeds/West Yorkshire - 78.2%

Bottom

  • Bournemouth/Poole - 67.5%
  • Southampton/Portsmouth - 69.6%
  • Cardiff - 71.8%
  • Nottingham - 73.3%
  • London - 73.6%

According to Which?, cities often suffer from poor coverage because of the difficulty in erecting masts.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: "Ofcom rules mean that virtually all UK premises must receive a 4G signal by the end of this year.

"We're also making available valuable new airwaves to boost mobile broadband, and have challenged mobile operators to explore how to reach all remote areas and transport lines."

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In a report by the National Infrastructure Commission, the UK was recently ranked 54th in the world in terms of 4G coverage, with a typical user only able to access 4G half of the time.

The same report ranked Romania, Albania, Panama and Peru above the UK – findings which have led to question marks over the data's presentation.

Telecoms expert and journalist Dan Howdle pointed out on Twitter that most of Peru is a signal black spot.

Lots of factors affect the percentage of time users receive a 4G signal, including the distribution of the population and the demographic of 4G users in that country.

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