EE comes top in RootMetrics network testing for seventh year in a row; number one for 5G too

EE has once again top in the RootMetrics network test, an independent company that has ranked EE top for seven years in a row – and now puts EE top for to 5G too.

The report found that EE had the highest availability of 5G in 16 UK cities tested, more than double that of the next placed operator.

In London, EE has five times greater 5G coverage than all other operators.

“Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers has never been more important. Being recognised as the UK’s best network for the seventh year running reflects our continued investment in keeping our customers connected to the things that matter most.

“RootMetrics’ 5G testing shows that we are a long way ahead in terms of 5G performance, and our engineers are continuing to build new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people.”

Marc Allera, CEO of BT Consumer Business

Official Press Release

29 July, London: EE has today been named the UK’s no.1 5G network and the UK’s best network for seven years running. According to the latest independent testing by RootMetrics, EE’s 5G offers the best combination of fast speeds and coverage, with the highest 5G availability in all 16 major UK cities tested.

Independent analysis of 5G reliability, speed and coverage found EE’s 5G network to be the no. 1 in the UK, offering 5G in more places than any other UK network. Tests reveal that EE’s highest 5G availability is more than double that of the next placed operator. In London, EE’s 5G availability is over five times greater than all other operators. RootMetrics’ ‘availability’ measure shows how often devices connected to 5G during data testing across each city.

According to the independent tests, EE has 5G in more places than any other network in:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Hull
  • Leeds & Bradford
  • Leicester
  • London
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield

EE continues to dominate in UK wide overall mobile network testing, winning six RootScore Awards outright – overall performance, reliability, accessibility, speed, data and call – and taking joint first for text.

EE’s network achieved the fastest aggregate median speed of all operators at 42.6 Mbps, and its aggregate median speeds in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were faster than all the other networks tested.

RootMetrics carried out 537,780 tests across 16 cities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

For more information on EE’s 5G network, 5G Smart plans and 5G devices, customers can visit

Rankings based on the RootMetrics® UK, Nation, and Metro RootScore® Reports and additional testing, Jan-Jun 2020. Tested with best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of EE. Visit for more details.


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