BBC aiming to create a 3G map of the UK

18 July 2011

smart 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.

TOPICS:   UK News   Mobile


  • The B.
    Say goodbye to your battery life with the app running.
  • Mick t.
    Is that something you've experienced yourself or idle speculation? Depends on how well written the app is tbh, it may only be reading alog file and pushing a few hundred bytes of stats a day to the BBC, hardly Angry Birds type of battery usage!
  • The B.
    Surely a log file wouldn't provide a download speed? Athough it more than likely would state the type of connection (I know that the Android GPS tells you all sorts from the connection type). I'd also question whether there was a log file at all, what would be the point of logging the connection type unless you were in debug mode? But realistically it would need to take a position and GPS connectivity burns battery, you need to switch it on and then off again almost immediately, unless of course you use the network positioning which is only accurate to 2-300m and so would be about as useful as the OFCom map.
  • Sawyer
    According to the app it is only measuring the type of connection, not the speed, and doesn't test by making uploads/downloads itself. Therefore, it's a useless survey. As anyone with Orange knows, there's no correlation between having a connection and being able to use it.
  • axisofevil
    I don't have a mobile - what is 3G and will this reduce my license fee?
    Hi axisofevil. 3G is branch of advanced mathematics and no, this will likely increase your licence fee when the "freeze" period is over. However if you get a mobile now, you can apply to the BBC for a discount on the fee...

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