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Ian McDonald Ian McDonald | 14:01 UK time, Monday, 18 July 2011

 

Mobile Mapping application showing 3G reception in Sheperd's Bush

The UK Mobile Mapping app at work in the BBC Online offices

BBC News are asking audience members to help build a UK mobile internet map. BBC News Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones blogged:

We're mounting an ambitious project to try to map mobile coverage across the UK - and, if you have an Android phone, you can be part of it. From today you can download an app which will record the signal you're getting on your phone - 3G, 2G or nothing - and feed the data back to our research project.

BBC News are working with Epitro, who surveyed mobile broadband for OFCOM.

As news spread across twitter, Open Signal Maps reminded everyone that at least one other mobile mapping project is available:

OpenSignalMaps @stephenfry Any chance you can RT our mobile signal crowdsourcing app also to help with the effort? https://market.android.com/details?id=com.staircase3.opensignal Its a good cause :)
Mon 18 Jul 13:10

Rory updated his blog after talking with Brendan Gill of Open Signal Maps, who also use an Android app:

Like us, they've found that it's very difficult for an iPhone in particular to collect data such as signal strength from the phone. The open Android system seems to allow developers far more flexibility.

You can read and comment about the UK Mobile Map on Rory Cellan-Jone's blog post, or the BBC News article. You can also can download the Android app (warning: long license text) from the Android Market.

Ian McDonald is the Content Producer, BBC Internet Blog

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