Reading named ‘second best city’ for mobile phone coverage in the South East
Reading has been named as the town with the second best mobile phone coverage in the South East – according to a mobile phone retailer. Fonehouse claims the town of Berkshire won the accolade – beating such formidable competitors as Medway and Milton Keynes.
Fonehouse analyzed data from Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2021 report and used coverage verification tools on Three, Vodafone, EE and O2 websites. 3G, 4G and 5G services were assessed alongside voice and data services.
Reading secured 25th place overall in the UK, with the mobile phone retailer saying it has proven to have strong coverage across all the different factors. One of the main reasons Reading scored so well was apparently the massive rollout of 5G services. In 2019 it was selected as one of the first sites in the UK to receive 5G.
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According to Fonehouse, Portsmouth is the best city in the South East for phone coverage, while Dover is the worst. Additionally, the South East is the fourth best region for mobile coverage with London in the lead.
Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead also made the list of the best places in the South East for mobile phone coverage. Slough placed sixth while Windsor and Maidenhead placed eighth.
The southeast areas with the best mobile coverage are:
- While reading
- Brighton and Hove
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- Milton Keynes
The southeast areas with the worst mobile coverage are:
- Tunbridge Wells
- White Horse Valley
- Surrey Heath
Fonehouse CEO Ben Branson said, “Mobile networks are constantly evolving and improving over the years as more networks install masts across the country, improving range and quality. mobile coverage. Even so, there are still areas where coverage is lower than others because rollout has been hampered by the availability of technology.
“5G has come a long way since its first release, with a much wider range of compatible handsets, available areas and networks offering it. The latest devices with newer 5G chipsets, such as the iPhone 13 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 will benefit from the rapid network rollout for 5G across the UK.
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