Poor mobile phone coverage when you’re out in the sticks is a perennial complaint, particularly when it’s with a 3G signal required for mobile internet access. Mobile phone operator coverage maps don’t tell the whole story and not even Ofcom’s recent mobile broadband speed test survey painted a completely accurate picture for coverage across the whole of the UK,

Poor mobile phone coverage when you’re out in the sticks is a perennial complaint, particularly when it’s with a 3G signal required for mobile internet access. Mobile phone operator coverage maps don’t tell the whole story and not even Ofcom’s recent mobile broadband speed test survey painted a completely accurate picture for coverage across the whole of the UK,

So, the BBC has decided to conduct its own speed tests using a ‘crowd sourced’ solution — by getting us to do the testing, in other words.

The testing relies upon Android smartphone users installing a free app that records the device’s signal strength and feeds the data back to the BBC, along with the GPS-located position.

The BBC will collect the data for about a month and then collate it into a database that’s searchable by postcode in order to give a more accurate portrayal of mobile phone coverage, A clickable map will also show how coverage varies from area to area — assuming enough people take part in the tests, that is.

For technical reasons, the UK 3G Survey app is only available for Android smartphones, which will limit the scope of the tests, but it’s a starting point, at least. The free app is available for download from the Android market.

[BBC News]

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Chausson Flash 530 – 1 - You can get the 2017 Chausson Flash 530 on the Ford Transit (as tested) or on the Fiat Ducato (© Alf Alderson/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 review – 1 - The 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome La Strada Regent L review – 1 - The German van converter with an Italian name is back in the UK after many years – and the Regent L is one of La Strada's flagship models (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Wingamm Micros-Plus review – 1 - The slick GRP bodyshell sits well with the Volkswagen T6 base vehicle – the Micros-Plus is priced from £62,000 OTR (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Autocruise Select 184 review – 1 - The Autocruise Select 184 is priced from £39,885 OTR, however our test ’van had a price tag of £44,570 (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Hymer B-Class DynamicLine 588 review – 1 - This four-berth Hymer motorhome costs from £73,500 OTR, £85,128 as tested (© Nick Harding/Practical Motorhome)