Today we published a report into mobile coverage on UK Roads and Railways, taking a look at how well served the transport infrastructure of the UK is by mobile connectivity. This is an area that the UK regulator, OfCom, has emphasised as important for quite some time but so far haven’t been able to properly report on because of the limitations of traditional testing methods – especially when it comes to measuring mobile coverage in trains, which themselves have an impact on mobile signal.
Mobile coverage on roads is increasingly important for the success of connected cars (and, longer term, the future of the self-driving car) as these depend on having constant internet access to function properly, so mobile coverage on roads is about more than just being able to stream spotify. For trains, mobile coverage is important because it enables remote working, helping commuters become more productive and lessening the impact of travelling between offices. As the UK spends on improving its rail networks (HS2 and Crossrail being the big examples) it is important that mobile infrastructure can keep up to ensure these give the biggest possible boost to the UK economy.
And now for the overall stats: The average user on a UK motorway has 3G/4G coverage 76% of the time, 67% of the time on A-roads and 72% of the time on UK railways. Click through to check out the routes you use most often, and to see more data on specific 4G performance. All of the data in this report is crowdsourced from approximately 40,000 UK OpenSignal users, to contribute download the app from the header above!