9/27/2016 10:57:33 AM
Ofcom kicks off crowdsourced research coverage project
Ofcom has launched a crowdsourced research project to improve UK network coverage.
Initially starting with Android users volunteers can download the Ofcom Mobile Research app, automatically measures the performance of mobile and Wi-Fi networks. This information will be supplemented by the user’s ratings.
Explaining the thinking behind the project the UK regulator said: ‘Ofcom’s research aims to build an independent benchmark for both consumers and industry. It will help mobile customers make purchasing and switching decisions, and will be used to enhance Ofcom’s mobile coverage maps and consumer research.
‘This will then feed into various Ofcom research projects, including a new study comparing telecoms operators’ quality of service in spring 2017.’
Ofcom has come under pressure recently from Three who want it to take an active role in ensuring a more even distribution of spectrum amongst mobile operators.