BBC releases Android app to chart UK mobile coverage

The BBC has launched a new Android-based application to help it conduct an independent survey into the state of mobile network coverage in the UK.
Over the next four weeks the free-to-download app, which was developed by network analyst firm Epitiro, will attempt to measure the availability of 3G and 2G services up and down the country.
While mobile operators offer their own coverage maps, the aim of BBC project is to provide a clickable map of overall mobile network coverage, allowing mobile users to get a better insight into which network suits there area best.
Speaking to the BGBC, Epitiro CEO Gavin Johns said: “Our coverage app will provide the information consumers need to see if 3G services are available and from which mobile operator.”
“As mobile broadband is important to many of us, we hope people volunteer and make the project a success.”
Mobile coverage is also a top issue for regulatory body Ofcom, which estimates that in terms of land mass, 91 per cent of the UK has 2G coverage and 76 per cent has 3G coverage.
A report by the watchdog said: “More information on coverage is required, and this should be in a standardised format enabling comparison between operator services such that users can make an informed decision about coverage in their area.”
“Whilst postcode-based checkers go some way to this, their accuracy is limited to the point at which they have limited value.”