The United Kingdom’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has revealed that it has called on broadband test company Epitiro to examine the download speeds of the country’s five mobile network operators’ mobile broadband services, ZDNet reports. Ofcom said that it had decided to instigate the research following increasing dissatisfaction of British subscribers related to the actual speeds they receive, as opposed to those that operators advertise.
‘Actual speeds delivered via mobile networks are typically well below the 'up to' speeds which are advertised ... Satisfaction levels with mobile broadband performance also seem significantly below satisfaction with other [broadband] services,’ Ofcom noted in a statement confirming the investigation. Epitiro will field-test mobile data services offered by O2 UK, Orange UK, T-Mobile UK, Vodafone UK and Hutchison 3G UK, measuring details including the availability and retention of networks and download times, with the test beginning this month and running through to January 2011.