The BBC has announced details of an “ambitious project” which aims to create a 2 and 3G coverage map for the UK, through a specially-developed Android app.
The Beeb points out that although many operators offer coverage checkers, an independent survey hasn’t yet been carried out.
The coverage map will be generated through the use of an Android app called UK 3G Survey. Developed by Epitiro, it’s available to Android users on Eclair and above.
Apple users won’t be included, due to the difficulties in creating an iOS app that collects data in the background.
"Coverage is the number one issue for consumers," said Gavin Johns, Epitiro’s chief exec. "Our coverage app will provide the information consumers need to see if 3G services are available and from which mobile operator. As mobile broadband is important to many of us, we hope people volunteer and make the project a success."
Ofcom is conducting its own research, and recently said: "More information on coverage is required, and this should be in a standardised format enabling comparison between operator services such that users can make an informed decision about coverage in their area.
"Whilst postcode-based checkers go some way to this, their accuracy is limited to the point at which they have limited value."
The Beeb ultimately aims to create a clickable map. The app will gather data over the next month, and the results will be published “in due course”.
via: BBC News