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London ranked bottom for UK mobile signal

City A.M. Tuesday, 24 April 2018
London ranked bottom for UK mobile signalLondon has the joint worst mobile signal in the UK alongside Yorkshire city Leeds, new research out today found. 

In a study by Global Wireless Solutions, researchers tested mobile signals across the UK and carried out consumer surveys to come up with the findings. 

O2 was the best network operator nationally, coming top in 17 towns and cities, while Vodafone lingered at the bottom, as it wasn't the best in any region in the UK.

Three wasn't far behind the top spot as it performed best in 12 regions. 

The research also found that weak signal had driven around half a million millennials to throw their phone in anger at least once.

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According to consumers, the most frustrating times to lose phone signal was while in a vehicle, in an unfamiliar city or when meeting up with friends or family.  

"The message we received loud and clear is that consumers want to know which network they can rely on to keep them connected to friends and family or to provide access to content," said Paul Carter, chief executive of GWS explained. 

Our testing showed that all operators currently provide mobile internet quick enough to stream a video from Netflix, but the real issue is which network will let you call, text and browse the internet most reliably.

The scientific testing ensures we provide the most meaningful measure of network performance and should help people avoid throwing their phones in anger!

Carter added that consumers found the persistent issue of mobile signal not-spots around the country "clearly infuriating."

"Our testing shows that local authorities in big cities like London and Birmingham need to work more closely with network operators to ensure network coverage is not being held back by red-tape."
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