BBC Coverage Survey – The results are in

Last month the BBC launched a survey to try and find the actual mobile coverage in the UK. To take part you simply needed to download an Android application and use your phone as normal. The app then logged whether you were on a 3G or 2G connection and fed the results back to Epitiro, who built the app.

Today the results are out and it shows major gaps in coverage, even in towns and cities. The survey also showed that, when a data connection was obtained, it was only on 3G (HSDPA) for 75% of the time. A 2G (GPRS / EDGE) connection was used for 25% of the time that the phone was using data.

The BBC received 44,600 results and you can get the full results by using this interactive map. The image below shows Portsmouth – green sections are 3G, purple sections are 2G and you can select a coverage map for each network. In some towns and cities there’s a marked difference in coverage between operators.

BBC Coverage Survey   The results are in

Links – BBC NewsInteractive Coverage Map

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  • Not really supprising. I’ve got 3g but its up down like a yo yo and I’m supposed to have good coverage. Thing is this just hammers the battery adding more anoyance…. All local providers are the same for me.

  • From my experience of three different networks in and around the Chippenham (Wiltshire) and Cirencester areas, this bears no resemblance to my network coverage.

  • Anonymous

    This map is much more accurate than the official coverage maps provided by each network.