4G and 3G mobile broadband speeds research

13 November 2014

Man looking at his smartphone on a trainOfcom has today published its first research into consumers' experience of mobile broadband in the UK since the 4G auction in 2013.

The research measured the performance of 4G and 3G services on smartphones from the four main mobile operators - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone - in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

Helping to improve mobile coverage and quality of service are important objectives for Ofcom. Today's report is intended to help consumers understand differences in performance between 3G and 4G, and this kind of research is designed to support consumers in choosing a service that best suits their needs. The findings are also expected to encourage providers to improve their performance.