CAMBRIDGE, England, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Three has taken Broadband Genie's coveted Dongle on the Move Award 2011. This was the third annual running of the mobile broadband industry's toughest test and the first time Three has taken top prize. Congratulations also go to this year's overall runner-up, Orange.
The Broadband Genie Road Trip Awards were set up to see how dongles from all the leading UK mobile broadband providers worked under real pressure. They are sold as 'on the move' broadband gadgets, so the Genie team puts them through their paces in a gruelling two-day head-to-head competition. More than six hours and close to 50 tests across a 300-mile two-way train trip from Cambridge to Leeds saw Three come out triumphant.
David Kerrigan, Three's head of mobile broadband, said: "We're delighted with the performance of our latest dongle in the Broadband Genie Road Trip 2011 awards. Whether browsing the internet, downloading files or streaming video, these awards prove that this dongle delivers an even better internet experience on our 3G network, which is built for mobile internet. This is only the start of the next generation of network technology and we're really looking forward to bringing further improvements to more areas over the rest of the year."
This year's Trip saw seven* dongles competing across five categories, with entrants from O2, Orange, TalkTalk, Three, T-Mobile, Virgin Media and Vodafone. They were judged on upload and download speed, coverage, stability and software. Challenges included completing Broadband Genie speed tests, downloading from the BBC and Downloads.com, uploading to Facebook and streaming from Spotify and YouTube.
Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said: "This is a really tough test of mobile broadband, moving at speed through both urban and rural areas. We applaud all the networks for taking part, but this year Three's E367 dongle was a clear and worthy winner."
NOTES TO EDITORS
* A last minute technical issue saw BT's dongle miss the testing.
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2. Broadband Genie is the UK's leading independent broadband, mobile broadband and smartphone comparison website. The site is one of the most popular in its field, regularly featuring in the national press. http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk
3. Contact: Chris Marling, firstname.lastname@example.org