back to article Glasgow extends middle finger to southern fairies as London ranks bottom in mobile signal top 10

England's capital ranks last among the 10 largest cities in the UK for mobile network quality, according to crowdsourced mobile data researcher Tutela. London's mobile networks met Tutela's thresholds for "excellent" consistent quality 74.4 per cent of the time. Meanwhile, Glasgow, which topped the league table, provided its …

  1. Commswonk Silver badge

    So...

    Is Here youse Jimmy are youse looking at mah burd? to be replaced by Here youse Jimmy are youse looking at mah mobile performance?

    And before anyone complains I am an expat* Scot, albeit from the eastern side of the country.

    * As in South of the Border, but not Mexico Way.

    1. flokie

      Re: So...

      "yous/youse" is plural.

      I once had a conversation with a Texan couple, who were telling me people easily know where they're from due to their use of "y'all" and wondering why it's not more widespread:

      "But how else do you make it obvious you mean the plural?"

      Sure you'll guess what this Glaswegian replied.

    2. DeadpoolsITguy

      Re: So...

      A fancy laddie from the east coast commenting on a Glesga article.

      A ken yer a brave wan then!

  2. tiggity Silver badge

    Meanwhile

    Out in the sticks, often a struggle to get any signal at all.

    And the idea of signal capable of "live streaming" HD video at any time ever, gives rise to hollow laughter.

    Govt really needs to mandate rural coverage on all networks at no extra cost to the customers (so that way even if only 1 network gave the area coverage, behind the scenes "data roaming" would occur, at a financial hit to the non covering networks not the customer) - similar to how if any network signal I can make a "999" call, but for data.

    That way companies might make more effort on rural coverage.

    Though obviously the recent funding EE got for (if it ever happens, Motorola still cashing in on the old system) shiny new mobile emergency services functionality has given EE a rather unfair advantage in coverage in many rural areas * & could be argued other networks should get use of those coverage gap filling tax payer funded towers for free.

    *Do a fair amount of hill walking and of the "new" (built in last few years) masts I have seen out in remote areas, I would say about 9 in every 10 were EE. Obviously may just be unfortunate sampling based on locations I hike in, but EE look only game in town in many remote areas - govrt funding helping them to monopolize some areas.

    1. e^iπ+1=0

      Re: Meanwhile

      "mandate rural coverage on all networks at no extra cost to the customers (so that way even if only 1 network gave the area coverage, behind the scenes "data roaming" would occur, at a financial hit to the non covering networks not the customer) "

      Here, in a remote area of Australia, domestic roaming allows a Vodafone customer to utilize the Optus network. Calls work just fine; the agreement between the networks changed a while back and data roaming is now slow - 0.5 Mbps or less I think.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Stop

    Woah there

    Glasgow is taunting London because it is 4 percentage points better in wireless connectivity ?

    Call me back when you've reached 90%, then you can crow. Right now, you're advance is 50% due to measurement errors.

  4. ArrZarr
    Unhappy

    4%

    Glasgow - 78.4%

    London - 74.4%

    Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.

    Wake me up when I can get a signal of any kind at home and don't need to resort to calls over WiFi.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 4%

      4% is the difference between, utter crap and barely useful.

      Glaswegians can't read, so barely useful is fine for pictures of beer...

      Londoniens are used to having utter crap services for almost everything so they just accept it as being normal for the city..

      Anywhere else in the world both examples would be seen as "poor" for a 1st world country...

      1. werdsmith Silver badge

        Re: 4%

        This is for HD video streaming, group video calling and online multiplayer gaming.

        Most people are not doing those on their phones.

  5. Montague Wanktrollop

    Whatever

    ‘Its findings were based on crowdsourced anonymous Cambridge Analytics data and network tests personal data splurging over 3,000 consumer applications on iOS and Android devices’

    FTFY

    1. Michael

      Re: Whatever

      Based on 2900 people in London. The rest evenly distributed. Apart from the one person in Glasgow who lives and works within 200m of the mast and still has crap coverage.

      Let me know when you have results for 10%of the population per city. I might believe the results have any significance.

      1. Adrian 4 Silver badge

        Re: Whatever

        "Let me know when you have results for 10%of the population per city. I might believe the results have any significance."

        Agreed.

        But at least it's more realistic than the network's estimates, which count how many of the people connected to their masts have connections to their masts.

  6. Toltec

    Variability

    At work I get 54mbps down 15mbps up, half a mile away at home I get 8mbps down 1.5mbps up, when it connects, eventually. It used to be faster than my 'broadband' at home, but over the last year or so it has become increasingly worse. It is definitely a different mast because it didn't work at home until eighteen months after it did at work, I suspect they put something in to shut up everyone complaining, but uptake it overwhelming the provision. I'm inside the M25 in a built up area so not exactly the sticks either. Actually it isn't the throughput that is a problem so much as the 10 to 20 second wait for the data to start appearing, I thought it might be the phone, but I've swapped it recently and nothing changed.

    Point? Statistics are great, but not that much use when they aren't at all consistent.

  7. Tom Paine

    Data point

    EE coverage is atrocious in north London.

    And the last time I was there, the entire Forest of Dean was a signal deadspot. Pretty damn lame.

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