The 4G takeover is underway and Ofcom tests how fast it is

4G is slowly but surely spreading its way across the country, working its way out from the most populated areas.

If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, it is likely you don’t get decent 4G coverage yet (there are still people in the country that can’t get any mobile data at all).

A recent survey by Ofcom involved visiting major cities in the UK; London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and assessed just how good 4G is in those areas by checking the data speed against 3G, and comparing it across the major networks (EE, O2, Vodafone and Three).

They found that across all networks 4G was over twice as fast as 3G.

3G was found to average 6.1Mbps, whereas 4G was double this, with the results suggesting an average of 15.1Mbps.

In terms of browsing, 4G in London an average of 0.72 seconds to load a webpage, whereas on 3G it took 1.2, but these figures are likely to change depending on which city you are in.

For example, Glasgow took 0.82 seconds to load a webpage on 4G, and in Manchester, the average 3G webpage load time was 1.01 seconds.

Ofcom’s chief executive commented: “Today’s research shows 4G is providing a significantly enhanced mobile broadband experience to customers, which we expect to be available to 98% of the UK population by 2017 at the latest.”

This report reinforces the joy of quick internet access that those in the cities experience, but it is still frustrating for those out in rural areas.

3G and 4G area coverage differs with different mobile networks. Check their websites for information on data coverage if you are looking to get a new mobile contract.