Belgian regulator BIPT has published a new coverage map with information about the quality of mobile networks. Static information about on masts and spectrum are combined with data taken from driving tests and crowdsourcing. BIPT wants to use the map to predict indoor coverage. All details are available on the BIPT Dataportaal website.
Mobile licenses contain a roll-out obligation per municipality, which is why BIPT always makes maps for geographical coverage. However, these maps only show the presence of outside signals. They therefore do not give much information about how end-users experience speed and coverage, especially within houses and buildings, BIPT said.
The new maps will also show the availability of 4G inside buildings on the basis of four coverage levels. Level 0, in red, will indicate the absence of coverage. Level 1, in orange, will show basic coverage. These usually offer the possibility of making calls and sending data outside the building, but not always inside the building.Level 2, in light green, stands for good coverage. In these zones, it is usually possible to call and send data outside the building and in some cases also inside the building. Level 3, in dark green, corresponds to very good coverage. It is possible in these zones to call and send data outside the building and in most cases also inside the building.
Basic coverage on 98% of territory
Belgian statistics agency Statbel contributed to the measurements throughout the country. The three operators have an average coverage for basic 4G of 98 percent of the territory. They have good coverage on an average of 88 percent of the territory and very good coverage (dark green) on 58 percent.
According to the calculations, nearly 100 percent of the population has access to a 4G basic coverage. Nearly 99 percent of the population has access to good coverage and 83 percent to very good coverage.
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