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Liverpool is best for mobile internet performance, says RootMetrics

Liverpool has UK's best mobile network performance, reliability and speed, according to new analysis by RootMetrics

Heavy smartphone users should sell up and move to Liverpool for the best mobile network performance in the UK, according to a report by mobile analytics firm RootMetrics.

RootMetrics scored the UK’s 16 most populous urban areas based on how EE, O2, Three and Vodafone performed for overall performance, reliability, speed, mobile internet, voice calling and SMS.

The cities surveyed were Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds and Bradford, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

RootMetrics’ data shows that across four of the six categories it scored against, Liverpool came top for overall performance, network reliability, network speed and mobile internet quality, while Birmingham came first for voice and SMS.

Manchester was another stand-out performer, ranked in the top three in all categories except voice performance.

London never finished better than sixth out of 16 and ranked 9th for overall performance, struggling particularly with call performance, although RootMetrics noted that this was not necessarily an indicator that things were getting worse, just than London had received network upgrades earlier than other cities, which were now catching up.

Cardiff and Bristol, meanwhile, were poor performers across all categories, and Hull finished last in every category scored.

“Unfortunately for those in Hull, this isn’t necessarily a surprise,” said RootMetrics in its report. “We have long noted that good speeds and reliability are challenging to find in Hull compared to other areas, no matter which operator you consider.”

The full rankings for overall mobile performance, as determined by RootMetrics’ scoring, are as follows:

Rank

City

Weighted average

1

Liverpool

94.6

2

Birmingham

94.1

3

Manchester

93.5

4

Belfast

93.3

5

Edinburgh

92.2

6

Coventry

92.1

7

Nottingham

91.9

8

Leicester

91.4

9

London

90.5

10

Newcastle

89.5

11

Sheffield

89.4

12

Leeds and Bradford

89.4

13

Glasgow

89.0

14

Bristol

87.2

15

Cardiff

83.0

16

Hull

76.2

 

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