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EE 4G speeds are levelling out, not dropping

RootMetrics has moved to allay fears that EE’s 4G speeds are decreasing and confirmed that the network provider is maintaining its connection speed compared to its competitors.

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The independent testing company stated that the comments it provided to PC Pro earlier this week were taken out of context and that what is actually slowing down is EE’s rate of speed increases compared to last year.

“We [RootMetrics] did not do a good enough job of putting the data into context. We are seeing substantive speed gains with Vodafone and O2, some small increases with Three and with EE we are seeing them maintaining speeds, on average, across the markets,” read a statement provided to

It added that the changes being felt by EE are related to three different variables. The two that cause an increase in average speed is the expansion of LTE coverage and deployment of Amazon Web Services technology. Increased installed base, however, has been high enough to cause EE’s network speeds to plateau.

“Adding all three variables together they [EE] are maintaining their speed. What is slowing down for EE is the rate of speed increases we saw from last year, not the absolute median speed of the market overall,” the statement added.

The RootMetrics clarification came after an article published earlier on this week claimed that the independent testing house had seen EE’s 4G speeds slow down whilst the other competitors had started to catch up.

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Bill Moore, CEO of RootMetrics, also claimed that Vodafone’s in prime position to become the eventual 4G leader in the UK thanks to the large amount of spectrum that it already owns.