BBC conduct a 3G coverage map of the UK: Good at times yet still inconsistent
The BBC have conducted a survey of 3G coverage across the UK with an Android app which displays local readings on a national map
The BBC conducted a crowd-sourcing survey showing that Britain has some way to go before it offers comprehensive coverage across the UK. Despite operator claims of 90% or more 3G coverage, there are still many ‘notspots’, including in major towns and cities, according to the map; Those testers able to receive a data connection only got a 3G signal 75% of the time.
44,600 volunteers took part, providing testing firm Epitiro with some 1.7 million hours worth of data from around the UK. “The BBC has undertaken a crowd-sourcing survey that is well beyond any scale seen by the mobile industry in this country or any other,” said Gavin John, chief executive of Epitiro. While overall coverage is pretty good, it’s still far more patchy than the maps provided by the mobile operators would suggest.
The mobile networks – and Ofcom – will be studying the map with interest. With the 4G auction coming up next year, the challenge for the mobile industry and the regulator is to show that they can improve speeds across the network while ensuring that those people who are in notspots now are not left even further behind in the future
Source: BBC News