BBC aiming to create a 3G map of the UK
The good old BBC isn’t just about showing old episodes of Scooby Doo and employing Alan Shearer to mouth off his ‘opinions’ on Match Of The Day. They’re also about to launch a huge nationwide survey on Britain’s 3G coverage and you could join in and do your bit.
We all know that the mobile service providers have their own coverage maps but this will be the largest independent survey of how much 3G we can get our hands on while we’re out and about, roaming the streets and fields of our fair land.
To join in, you need to have an Android handset and all you do is download a simple app. After that, nothing, just carry on going about your ordinary daily business and the app will track 3G availability and report back its findings on hotspots and notspots to the survey.
Gavin Johns is the chief executive of Epitiro who have developed the app and he blah-de-blahed, “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.”
You can download the app and join in the fun here. The survey is expected to last for about a month.