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T-Mobile awarded “Best in Test” worldwide by umlaut

2021/02/25 - umlaut CEO Telecommunication Hakan Ekmen hands over two trophies to T-Mobile Netherlands CEO Søren Abildgaard in The Hague.

Aachen/The Hague, February 25, 2021 – Today, umlaut has named T-Mobile “Best in Test” worldwide. Following the win of the latest network test in the Netherlands, the operator has now also been awarded for ranking best in umlaut’s global ranking of all network providers. CEO Telecommunication Hakan Ekmen has today handed over the two awards to T-Mobile CEO Søren Abildgaard in The Hague: the award for “Best in Test Global Mobile Benchmark 2020/2021“ and for “Best in Test umlaut connect Mobile Network Test in the Netherlands 2020/2021”. With the grade “outstanding” and an overall score of 962 points out of 1,000, T-Mobile has twice taken the lead.

Hakan Ekmen, CEO Telecommunication at umlaut, says: “Congratulations to T-Mobile for winning two awards this year. The national championship in The Netherlands and the World Cup on top. In other words: T-Mobile Netherlands is the ‘Best in Test’ worldwide. The umlaut awards reflect T-Mobile’s continuous efforts to enhance their network performance – for the benefit of the T-Mobile users.”

Søren Abildgaard, CEO T-Mobile Netherlands, affirms: “We are more than proud to receive two awards which acknowledges our extraordinary accomplishments of winning umlaut test for the fifth consecutive time and achieving the best score globally. Every day we are challenging ourselves to deliver world-class quality and give our customers the best of the best. Being awarded by umlaut – known as the industry leading mobile benchmark organization – with these awards, means a lot to our organization and our network partners and to me. Especially now we are handling more than half of all mobile data traffic in the Netherlands.”

With the score of 962 out of 1,000 points in the Global Mobile Benchmark 2020/2021, T-Mobile has achieved the highest score in all network tests conducted by umlaut on a global scale.

The umlaut connect Mobile Network Test in the Netherlands 2020/2021 has been carefully designed to evaluate and objectively compare the performance and service quality of mobile networks from the user´s perspective. It combined drive tests and walk tests – for detailed voice and data measurements under controlled circumstances – with a comprehensive analysis of crowdsourcing data. T-Mobile scored best, KPN followed at a close distance. Both operators achieved the grade “outstanding“. Vodafone ranked on third place, with “very good” results. The regular measurement scope also included 5G for the first time. It had been the fifth time in a row that T-Mobile scored best in the umlaut evaluation. The results had been published in December 2020.

The umlaut benchmarking methodology is the de-facto industry standard today. It is applied in more than 120 countries measuring over 200 mobile networks worldwide.

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