For many of us who regularly commute, the claim of many networks of having up to 90 per cent 3G coverage throughout the UK seems dubious at best. Now a crowd-sourced survey conducted by the BBC has proven our doubts to be well founded.
The survey was conducted by the BBC in partnership with testing firm Epitiro and 44,600 volunteers took part collecting some 1.7million hours worth of data from around the UK having downloaded an app to their smartphones.
While the survey didn’t cover all of the UK, the results showed that only 75 per cent of the time users could rely on getting a 3G connection, otherwise having to reply on an older and slower 2G connection.
Gavin John, chief executive of Epitiro, said: "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," he added.
With 4G rollout still a couple of years away (at least), providing consumers with an accurate map of where 3G mobile coverage is available is certainly a welcome move and will hopefully get operators to improve their coverage in those areas which prove to have low service availability.
If you want to know what the coverage is like in your area click on the source link below.