Students struggling to make a connection in Exeter

A new study from GoCompare says the Devon city has the poorest mobile reception in the UK, with only 6% 4G coverage

GoCompare has ranked 57 urban UK hotspots, popular among students for their universities and colleges. The data takes into account all the important digital access they need, including wifi availability, broadband speed and mobile/4G coverage. 

The results were collated into an interactive visualisation, showing overall ranking or sorting cities by the three connectivity criteria. 

The 10 best-connected cities:

Rank

City

4G coverage

Av. download speed

People Per Public Hotspot

1

London

60.92%

31.70Mbps

698

2

Manchester

60.92%

30.44Mbps

395

3

Nottingham

60.92%

31.24Mbps

904

4

Salford

59.54%

33.02Mbps

1,560

5

Birmingham

60.77%

30.82Mbps

650

6

Glasgow

60.92%

31.02Mbps

756

7

Southampton

38.08%

32.86Mbps

1,179

8

Leicester

60.92%

30.62Mbps

1,285

9

Coventry

60.92%

30.90Mbps

1,406

10

Brighton and Hove

44.69%

33.90Mbps

1,446

 

The worst-connected cities: 

Rank

City

4G coverage

Av. download speed

People Per Public Hotspot

48

Ripon

13.15%

27.58Mbps

1,856

49

Gloucester

11.31%

29.30Mbps

1,205

50

Swansea

24.31%

31.14Mbps

2,043

51

Salisbury

3.00%

28.72Mbps

746

52

Lincoln

6.38%

27.48Mbps

624

53

Wells

0.62%

26.08Mbps

1,171

54

Norwich

5.62%

27.16Mbps

908

55

Hereford

0.00%

25.14Mbps

1,732

56

Carlisle

6.00%

25.92Mbps

2,068

57

Exeter

6.31%

26.84Mbps

1,166

Martyn John, from GoCompare, said: “As a technologically advanced nation, the UK could be expected to provide its population with equal access to high quality internet. However, this study goes to show that more needs to be invested in some cities to offer their inhabitants the same online opportunities that people in London or Manchester receive.” 

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