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1 October 2020

Mobile phone coverage in Scotland

New data from Which? and RootMetrics uncovers the reality of 4G coverage throughout the UK. Find out what it's really like in Scotland and see which provider has the best 4G network.
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From the Highlands to the Borders, mobile signal is different for so many Scottish users and our guide reveals which phone network offers the best signal experience.

Below you can see the most recent network reliability and network speed scores for Scotland, based on the most recent data from our partner, RootMetrics.

You can also use our mobile coverage map for a more granular analysis of where you live.

Best network for mobile signal experience in Scotland

A new report by RootMetrics has found that EE and Vodafone mobile phone users in Scotland had the best mobile signal experience. EE achieved the highest RootScore of 96.2. EE got a RootScore of 93.9 with O2 also getting a score in the 90s.

Three scored the lowest but at 89.8, all four operators have put in a good performance when it comes to mobile signal experience in Scotland.

Find out which network is the best where you live with our free coverage checker.

Best network for download speeds in Scotland

Although most of the four networks had high 4G availability, EE is the clear winner when it comes to download speeds.

Offering a quick 33.9Mbps to its users, it is comfortably ahead of its rivals.

In comparison, O2 achieved an average of 13.9Mbps, less than half what EE customers are used to.

Three fared even worst, offering average download speeds of 12.8Mbps.

Our analysis

The information used in this analysis comes from a regular collaboration between Which? and coverage experts RootMetrics, and is based on over 580,000 measurements taken from multiple outdoor and indoor locations .

Using these measurements, we're able to give a definitive account of the real mobile phone user experience using RootScores. A RootScore is a simple way to translate all the data gathered into clear and easy-to understand marks of performance and is scaled from 0-100. The higher the score, the better.

Read more about the approach, and download the free app, on the RootMetrics website.

Which network do you say is best?

Once you know which networks offer the best coverage where you live and work, you'll want to know which ones offer the best customer service and value for money. We asked 6,100 members of the public to tell us about what they love and hate about their network.

Read the results of our best mobile networks survey to find out the winners and the losers.