Mobile Network Coverage

December 2023


Data Sampling Date Range: 23rd November – 4th December 2023


3 (Three) has won the majority of Streetwave’s Mobile Network Coverage Experience awards in Cambridge in Q4 2023. 3 was found to offer a superior speed experience on 138 streets in the city. These streets cover 19,231 residents and 463 businesses.

Real-World Mobile Awards

3 (Three) wins fastest network for the most residential addresses

3 won the ‘Fastest Network’ award for 8,013 residential addresses in Cambridge. EE came in second place with 6,276, followed by O2 (4,336) and Vodafone (2,205).

3 also wins fastest network for the most commercial addresses

3 won the ‘Fastest Network’ award for 463 business addresses, in Cambridge. EE came in second place with 303, followed by O2 (217) and Vodafone (71).

3 wins the top spot for download speed

3 wins the ‘Real-World Download Speed’ award, providing an average of 21.6 Mbps across Cambridge compared with EE (17.6 Mbps), O2 (14 Mbps), and Vodafone (12.2 Mbps).

EE is the winner for upload speed

EE wins the ‘Real-World Upload Speed’ award with an average of 4.3 Mbps, compared to 3 (3.8 Mbps), Vodafone (3.8 Mbps), and O2 (3.6 Mbps).


This report analyses the consumer experience of the UK’s four largest mobile network operators, EE, Vodafone, 3 (Three) and O2. The data was collected over 8 days starting on 23rd November 2023, and completed on 4th December 2023. Measurements from all network generations (2G-5G) were recorded, collecting a total of 109,350 data points. Data was collected across the vast majority of the road network of Cambridge.

Cambridge has a population of 145,700 and is characterised as a densely populated urban area. Cambridge topography is relatively flat and has the river Cam running through its centre. The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is found at the heart of the city.
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