Man, how time flies. The BBC recently announced its plans to spend a month gathering network data via a specially developed Android app. Well, that month is up, and so too is the resulting coverage map.
You can access the map here. It shows areas with 3G (green), 2G (purple), and no coverage (black), and can be broken down by individual network. There are also a handful of spots where no data was obtained.
"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 exec of testing firm Epitiro.
"Over 44,000 volunteers from the Shetland Islands to the Isles of Scilly participated with 42 million locations tested from every county in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."
"For the first time consumers have the means to see 3G coverage precisely where they live, work and travel."
A total of 44,600 Android users took part in the survey, yielding a whopping 1.7 million hours of data. Apple users weren’t included, due to the difficulty in developing an iOS app with the ability to collect background data.
The data shows that volunteers were able to receive 3G 75% of the time, but a quarter of the time had to fall back on 2G.
However, as O2 pointed out: "The results don't show the 'experience' on each network - for example, speed or the ability to hold a connection. Simply having coverage does not guarantee a good service."
via: BBC News