A study by the Guardian newspaper has revealed that, on average, broadband speeds achievable on mobile phones in the UK have risen to 2.6 megabits per second (Mbps) – an increase of 1.1 Mbps on speeds previously recorded in 2010.

According to the Guardian – which undertook a survey involving its own measurements of over 7,300 (mainly 3G) internet connections volunteered by respondents nationwide – the best mobile broadband speeds in the UK now supersede those attainable by domestic Wi-Fi links.

The newspaper also reported comments that some services tended to suffer adversely in rural locations, on motorways and at certain peak times in city centres.

The best connection speeds were found by the newspaper to apply to users of the Three network, who registered an average speed of 2.73 Mbps. Those using Vodafone followed up closely behind with an average speed of 2.72 Mbps, while O2 users achieved an average 2.64 Mbps.

The amalgamated average speed for O2 and T-Mobile – which have pooled their resources into a single combined network following their merger under the umbrella company, Everything Everywhere (EE) – reached 2.59 Mbps.

The survey was carried out during the launch week of the new 4G service by EE, and the survey included 30 speed tests undertaken on 4G-enabled devices.

Results from the 4G tests showed average connection speeds reaching an incredible 15 Mbps.

Placing the various average speeds in context, the Guardian says that all now fulfil the official definition of ‘broadband’ as laid down by the telecommunications regulator, Ofcom – and all should be capable of downloading quality services such as TV on demand, including BBC iPlayer.