Vodafone is happily blowing its own PR trumpet as independent research has shown it's the UK's most reliable and the fastest network for mobile broadband.

This is according to LCC International, the largest independent wireless engineering company in the world, that carried out 28,000 network tests throughout March, April and May 2008.

The study, commissioned by Vodafone UK, found that the Vodafone network is the fastest and most reliable for file download and web page loading when using data cards or USB modems.

The locations tested across the UK were indoor and outdoor, and included towns and cities of various sizes with locations such as railway stations, tourist spots, airports and motorway service stations.

On average the Vodafone network took 13.54 seconds to download an MP3 file of 2MB in size, which was up to 10 seconds faster than the slowest competitor. The network reliability was the highest among the operators with a 99.76% success rate for downloading a 2MB MP3 file.

When opening web pages, on average Vodafone’s network took 6.7 seconds on average to load a page, significantly faster than other networks (up to four times faster than slowest competitor). This was matched with a 99.69% success rate for opening a web page.