Sheffield named second best city in UK for 4G internet access

Sheffield is great for 4G access but not so hot when it comes to download speeds, the survey found
Sheffield is great for 4G access but not so hot when it comes to download speeds, the survey found
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Mobile users in Sheffield are better connected than almost anywhere in the country, a new survey suggests.

The city was today named the second best in the UK for 4G internet access, with 79.3 per cent availability across Sheffield.

Only Middlesbrough has better mobile internet access, according to the results of a survey by consumer champion Which? that found vastly differing access and download speeds around the country.

It had 82.7 per cent 4G availability, compared with 67.5 per cent for mobile users in Poole/Bournemouth, which was propping up the table.

Sheffield fared less well when it came to 4G download speeds, finishing 14th out of 20 cities, with an average of 21.3Mbps.

Stoke-on-Trent topped that list, with an average speed of 26.6Mbps, and Brighton and Hove was bottom, with 17.6Mbps.

Which? teamed up with the wireless mapping company OpenSignal to investigate mobile connectivity across the country, analysing over 500 million data readings from the mobile phones of more than 30,000 users.

Alex Neill, managing director of home products and services at Which?, said: "These latest findings underline the need for Ofcom to keep the pressure on mobile operators, so that every part of the country gets a decent service on their mobile phone. Our mobile phone is central to how we live our lives and that is why it is so frustrating when we can’t access emails or browse the internet on the go."

OpenSignal last November found the UK ranked 54th in the world for 4G access, behind the likes of Estonia and Peru.

TOP FIVE CITIES FOR 4G ACCESS

1, Middlesbrough - 82.7% availability

2, Sheffield - 79.3% availability

3, Sunderland - 79.0% availability

4, Leicester - 78.6% availability

5, Liverpool - 78.1% availability

TOP FIVE CITIES FOR 4G DOWNLOAD SPEEDS

1, Stoke-on-Trent - 26.6Mbps

2, Coventry - 24.8Mbps

3, Leicester - 24.4Mbps

4, Liverpool - 24.4Mbps

5, Nottingham - 24.2Mbps

14, Sheffield - 21.3Mbps