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Who is the mobile broadband provider of the year?

August 11, 2014

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A reliable mobile broadband connection is becoming more and more of a necessity in our day to day lives. Remote working, social media, Netflix and Spotify – we do pretty much everything on the move, and mobile broadband is integral to it all. Without it, we’d be lost.

When you’re trying to stream the latest episode of House of Cards on your long train journey home, buffering is annoying. When you’re trying to conference-in to your important business call and the call keeps dropping, or you’re desperately trying to finish that Google Doc before you arrive at your meeting, it’s a much bigger issue.

Broadband aficionados Broadband Genie recently conducted their 6th annual mobile broadband road trip, which sees the team travel the length of the country testing the latest broadband dongles from the UK’s biggest providers. Each dongle performs a set list of tasks in an allotted time period as the team travels from London to Edinburgh measuring performance. Travelling by train means the dongles had to deal with moving rapidly through areas of varying coverage, so the results are pretty exhaustive.

The dongles under scrutiny were:

EE 3G: Huawei E3131
EE 4G: Huawei E589
O2 3G: Alcatel X230D
O2 4G: Huawei 4G Mobile Wi-Fi
Three 3G: Huawei E3256
Three 4G: ZTE MF823
Vodafone 3G: Vodafone K4203
Vodafone 4G: Vodafone R212

Three came out on top as the overall “best mobile broadband on the move”, with EE not far behind them. In fact, Three topped every single category (pretty significantly in some cases) – you can see all the results here.

Compared to last year, speed and reliability were up overall. As cloud backup enthusiasts, here at BuddyBackup we were excited (but not surprised) by the results. As with most backup services, our peer to peer software requires an internet connection in order for data to be transferred. The quicker and more reliable the connection, the more chance you have of staying 100% protected.

The improvements in speed we’ve seen as a result of improved 4G coverage are already huge – we’ve significantly reduced upload and download speeds. And with 5G (yes, we know it’s still a long way off) promising speeds up to 100x faster, you could be backing up your computer in seconds rather than minutes – even on train journey from London to Edinburgh.

Author: Cassie Holmes, BuddyBackup