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
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.
(centre)Map showing areas covered by the survey(/centre)
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.