BBC coverage map thing now live

BBC coverage map thing now liveMan, 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

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Andy247  Aug. 25, 2011 at 15:03

I'm a little worried that you seem to have taken a screenshot of the coverage map at my house... am I being stalked?

Certinfy  Aug. 25, 2011 at 15:22

Pretty cool I must say :)

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 25, 2011 at 15:39

Ahh, a fellow South Sider, Andy247? I'm in there somewhere too (_;)

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:14

Very good for a start. Missing lots of data. Hopefully in a year or so it will be more or less usable.

blizzard7  Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:49

I would've contributed but the app munched my battery life like there was no tomorrow.

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