Ofcom wants YOU to help with its mobile research project

Ofcom has an important quest for Android users of the UK: download its mobile research app and help crowdsource data on mobile coverage for the whole country.

It's literally as simple as downloading and installing an app - once live, it'll automatically measure things like coverage, signal strength, mobile broadband performance, and your usage habits, and send the (anonymised) data back to Ofcom.

There's no need to run tests or anything that actually requires effort, though you can open it up and have a look at your stats if you're interested. (You'll get notifications asking how you feel your service is performing from time to time, but you can switch those off if you want.)

Ofcom will use the data sent from everyone's apps in some of its research projects, which it says will include "a new study comparing telecoms operators' quality of service" next year - which, thanks to the crowdsourced data, may well be able to go into more detail than ever.

An Ofcom representative told the BBC: "Our 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."

That should mean we'll soon have some very, very accurate data on Ofcom's website about coverage and signal quality.

To take part in the study, download the Ofcom Mobile Research app from the Google Play Store. You won't need to do anything else besides install it, set it up, and let it run in the background.

Source: Ofcom

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