User congestion halves UK 4G speeds in a year

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The speed of 4G connectivity in the UK has fallen by almost a half in the space of one year.

UK national newspaper The Telegraph has published research that shows how dramatically the average speed of 4G has fallen in Great Britain in only one year.

Selected carriers promised Britains that 4G speeds would be 10-times faster than its predecessor 3G when it first launched back in 2012.

For specific 4G enabled areas this proves true with some areas getting huge download speeds usually near the 40Mbps, but averaging it across the whole country doesn't even come close to that mark. 

The data recorded by OpenSignal in September 2013 showed that the average speed of 4G was 19Mbps, which is less that half of what us consumers have been promised.

Fast-forward to the August just gone and now the average speed is sitting at a paltry 10.16Mbps, which is just over two-times the UK's average 3G speed of 4.03Mbps.

OpenSignal cite the increasing number of consumers that are becoming 4G connected as the reason for the dramatic slowdown. They add that mobile network providers are continually working to ease the 4G congestion by building new masts in the areas most affected.

It's a bit of a kick in the teeth to the consumer because the simple fact of the matter is we are not getting the speeds that were initially pledged.

Over the past year or so network provided have sky-rocketed their contract prices with the promise that we will have super-fast 4G speeds and many simply aren't getting that. People who can't even get 4G in their area are the worst affected as the majority pay for services they don't yet have access to.