Last month we brought you news of the BBC’s 3G survey which aimed to judge the strength of mobile internet coverage across the UK. Today, after 44,000 smartphone owners downloaded the Android app and compiled data from the tip of Cornwall to the Shetland Islands, the results are in.
Broadly speaking, Android owners are getting 3G about three quarters of the time however, coverage is nowhere near as evenly spread as mobile operators have claimed. For example, some cities will experience generally excellent coverage with the exception of several blackspots, some occurring even quite close to their population centres, where no data connection is available.
London-based startup OpenSignalMaps have also been mapping 3G across the UK using a similar Android app and have managed to identify over 22,000 locations where no 3G signal was available. As is to be expected, these 3G-less areas are largely contained to rural regions of the UK. The worst offender was Gwynedd in North Wales which faced stiff competition from Cumbria.
Did you participate in the BBC’s 3G survey? Is there a blackspot near you which deserves to be named and shamed? Let Life Of Android know in the comments section below.