CellWatch is an open-source cellular network measurement suite created by researchers at Georgia Tech, UC Santa Barbara, and Northern Arizona University. It includes several components:
- An Android app capable of taking speed test measurements that comply with the FCC’s requirements for challenging providers’ coverage claims.
- A data portal allowing public access to aggregate, anonymous data collected by the app.
- A community coordination tool to help communities organize measurement campaigns, such as to produce cognizable challenges to providers’ claims of coverage or to create local coverage maps.
- A prediction engine capable of synthesizing multiple datasets, such as Ookla, OpenCellID, and CellWatch data, to predict quality of coverage in a given area.
CellWatch is currently in early development.
We’re grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for funding this work.