Berlin takes 5G performance crown while London languishes


A new study from MedUX saw Berlin offer the highest quality of experience when it comes to 5G, with London the poorest performing city

This week, connectivity testing specialist MedUX has released its 2024 benchmarking report on 5G, having tested the technology across ten major European cities: Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Lisbon, Milan, Porto, Rome, Madrid, Munich, and London.

Testing was conducted in Q2 and Q3 last year, with MedUX staff driving over 4,000km across the selected cities to get an accurate picture of their 5G connectivity.

The tests measured various different 5G metrics, including coverage, speed, and reliability.

Porto was shown to have the best 5Gcoverage at 90%, while Milan was named the most reliable city, with 99.91% successful internet sessions. The biggest winner, however, was Berlin, which led in terms of Data and OTT experiences (with a loading time of less than 1,550 milliseconds), as well as overall performance, where it scored 4.69 out of 5.

London, meanwhile, was ranked last for overall performance, with MedUX noting the city’s average user speed as being 143 Mbps, in stark contrast to the likes of Lisbon and Porto, which have speeds of 528 Mbps and 446 Mbps, respectively.

“The UK is struggling for several reasons,” Rafael Galarreta, chief marketing officer of MedUX, told CNBC in an interview. “The two most important dimensions in which the U.K. mobile networks are lagging behind is speed and accessibility, and network responsiveness.”

He added that the UK’s decision to remove Huawei from the country’s 5G networks could be a reason for the city’s poor performance.

“Delayed deployment has likely affected overall coverage, availability, and user experience, particularly considering that the Huawei ban came after the initial rollout had already commenced,” he said.

You can access the full report here.

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