In this week's news, we noted the row between EE and OFCOM over the
regulator's recent Mobile Broadband Performance Report, an exercise to
benchmark the data rates, latencies, and Web page load times on the UK MNOs'
3G and 4G networks. EE doesn't agree with OFCOM's results, and is angry enough
that it threatened legal action. But what are lawyers doing in this
conversation? This ought to be a technical problem that we can solve with
The results are interesting. EE is the fastest operator, by a distance, on the
straightforward large-file speed tests, and 3UK is the slowest. Which may seem
surprising if you've read this Telco 2.0 Executive Briefing. However, 3UK won
by an impressive margin on the Web page test (Figure 22 below) and by a lesser
margin on the ping test. EE did quite poorly on the Web page test.
But what really got EE's goat was this chart:
EE had a startlingly high rate of time-outs. And you might wonder how 3UK
could possibly have won the Web page test given that they are well behind
everyone else on the pure speed test.
Here's the problem, though. The pure speed ...