Warning: session_start(): open(/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea3/sess_0a9765a51600e9e8e8b25ef4cb7c2f35, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in /home/virtual/public_html/session.php on line 1

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/virtual/public_html/session.php:1) in /home/virtual/public_html/session.php on line 1
VWN News: Ofcom to crowdsource UK mobile coverage
Untitled Document
Not a member yet? Register for full benefits!

Username
Password
 Ofcom to crowdsource UK mobile coverage

This story is from the category Connectivity
Printer Friendly Version
Email to a Friend (currently Down)

 

 

Date posted: 28/09/2016

UK government telecommunications regulator Ofcom is calling on the UK's 20 million Android users to help build a map of the UK's mobile coverage.

Users are being asked to download an app that will automatically measure voice-call reliability, signal strength and data speeds.
The data - which will be anonymised - will form part of a detailed comparison study of telecoms operators in 2017.

There will be no iPhone version due to the iPhone's restrictions on apps that run continuously in the background.

"Our research aims to build an independent benchmark for both consumers and industry," said an Ofcom representative.
"It will help mobile customers make purchasing and switching decision, and will be used to enhance Ofcom's mobile coverage maps and consumer research."

The initiative would be welcomed by consumers, said Matthew Howett, an analyst with research company Ovum.
"Given the large volume of complaints Ofcom receives about coverage, for some consumers this type of initiative can't come soon enough," he said.

The app can be downloaded here

See the full Story via external site: www.bbc.co.uk



Most recent stories in this category (Connectivity):

19/02/2017: Google hails net balloon ‘breakthrough’

05/02/2017: Researchers break data transfer efficiency record

24/01/2017: Net Neutrality in for bumpy ride with Trump Administration Communications Chief

12/01/2017: Google confirms end of global internet access drone project

31/12/2016: UK: The farmer who built her own broadband

23/12/2016: US Government to require cars be able to talk to each other

23/12/2016: Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

14/12/2016: Connectivity Issues: UK government 'must take action' on 5G



Warning: Unknown: open(/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea3/sess_0a9765a51600e9e8e8b25ef4cb7c2f35, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea3) in Unknown on line 0