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Crowd-sourcing 4G LTE in the US

Dan Jones
8/20/2013
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These diagrams may look a bit like weather maps but they actually provide a crowd-sourced picture of where 4G mobile networks are up and running across the US, mapping out the summer of LTE.

Mobile performance watcher RootMetrics can use its Android and iOS application to look for 4G LTE signals all over the US and users can use the app to run speed tests on the network to which they are connected.

"These have been generated from crowd-sourced data gathered from users of our CoverageMap app," says Patrick Linder, communications manager at RootMetrics. "The maps reflect any time someone from the crowd accessed an LTE network and we registered an LTE signal strength."

So, while the maps can't show how thorough the LTE coverage is yet, they might reveal 4G connectivity in areas that haven't even been officially announced by carriers yet.

Let us know if you spot a new LTE network in your town or city.

Infographic by: RootMetrics Inc
Infographic by: RootMetrics Inc

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Dan@LightReadingMobile
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9/16/2013 | 2:25:08 PM
New RootMetrics standards
FYI, RootMetrics now says that it will expand its standards to cover speed, relaibility and good coverage. Will report back on how that is defined, achieved this week.
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8/20/2013 | 10:07:27 AM
What does coverage really mean, anyway?
The combined map paints an interesting picture doesn't it?
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