O2 crowned UK's top dongle dogs by Ofcom
Dongle. Possibly the funniest word in the English language, but not for Ofcom, who have been running some tests to see how much mobile internet juice a dongle can suck up, and which flavour is best. Or something.
Towards the end of last year, they ran some tests (4.2 million to be precise), pitting O2, Vodafone, 3, Orange and T-Mobile against each other... and O2 were the winners!
The average download speed across all of the mobile internet providers was 1.5Mbit/s, with an average of 2.1 Mbit/s in areas of good connectivity. Tests showed that O2 were hitting average speeds of 2.5 to 3Mbit/s and Ofcom will be sending them a big gold badge very soon. Or something.
Who was the worst? Why it was stupid old Orange of course. Their average speed was a crappy 1Mbit/s, as slow as a dead crow.
Ofcom consumer research shows that 17% of UK households are using mobile broadband, up from just 3% in 2009 with 7% using it as their only means of internet access. You can argue about these findings in the box below.