...on ticking a box.
Ofcom has published the first of its triennial reports on the UK's communications infrastructure, but more importantly there are pretty maps too. The regulator is required to provide a detailed study of the UK's telecommunications to the Ministry of Fun every three years. The report is supposed to include details of what …
Are we looking at the same websites? I'm looking specifically at http://sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/search and have just changed my mind about who my next service provider will be! based on Transmitters near where I live and work..
From what I've seen its going to be very useful.
Sitefinder has been around for ten years and is very detailed, but these days it's also very inaccurate as Everything Everywhere (Orange/T-Mobile) won't provide any data.
The other maps offer a resolution restricted to counties, so aren't very helpful.
I'd be hesitant to rely on Sitefinder for cell site information, but operators' own coverage checkers are pretty accurate.
I looked at the DAB coverage map, it is useless.
They have averaged out over the whole of the Highlands at 71%. You would be hard pushed to find anywhere in Fort William where you cannot receive DAB but it shows as 71% which is exactly the same as somewhere in the Highlands with no coverage at all.
Oh yes, indeed they did. Ofcom argued on the side of T-Mobile against the Information Commissioner, and the matter is now going to the EU courts:
...I did make one mistake: T-Mobile's data was last updated in 2005, not 2007, but at least it looks pretty these days.
Beyond the averaging, even in places like Oxford and London you come across cell towers that refuse to operate on 3G, dropping to Edge and then without moving the phone/dongle it switches up to 3G+
Cell tower switching is a real pain on even commuter train services, hands up if anyone elses a get spot just south of Clapham Junction.
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