The first European-wide data collection campaign started in October 2016.
The pilot version of the mapping application will go online in 2017, the final platform will be available as of 2018.
Categories of datasets
The mapping application will cover three different data sets that all reflect Quality of Service (QoS) in different ways:
- QoS-1: Calculated availability of Service, network performance of existing infrastructure
- QoS-2: Measured provision of Service, excluding end user’s environment
- QoS-3: Measured experience of Service, including end user’s environment
The project builds on existing mapping initiatives. The data will be provided on a voluntary basis by Member States and National Regulatory Authorities as well as from operators of private mapping initiatives and operators of crowdsourcing applications. In addition to data suppliers, the Mapping Study brings together experts of internet measurements and geo-information systems from international organisations. More than 130 stakeholders have been involved so far. A list of contributing organisations can be found here.
A first Stakeholder Consultation Workshop took place in June 2016. Over 80 participants from 29 EU/EEA member states and from international organisations attended the workshop. About 150 participants, including relevant stakeholders and representatives from the industry, attended the second workshop on the 12 and 13 December 2016. A third workshop is scheduled for 6 June 2017.
Type of data collected
Information on the Quality of Service derives from the following attributes collected:
- Technologies such as single technologies (DSL/ADSL, FTTC/B/H, UMTS, Satellite, etc.) or technology groups (wired, wireless, mobile, NGA)
- Quality criteria such as availability of infrastructure, up- and download speed, latency, jitter, package loss and data usage
- Time (of measurement)
Data is collected at various spatial granularities: ranging from small regions (Eurostat statistical unit NUTS-3) to grid cells and address points. To ensure data privacy, no IP addresses are collected within the scope of this project.
Challenges of the project
The main challenge in this project is to benchmark and visualize the broad variety of initiatives’ data in one mapping application. Data differs in terms of initiatives’ methodology approaches and collected values. Furthermore it is difficult to find a common ground for spatial resolution for the heterogenous data sets. These challenges are tackled via vigorous communication efforts with experts from national authorities (including NRAs and relevant Ministries), European level bodies (relevant BEREC working groups), research institutes and key international organisations (ITU, IETF) responsible for mapping initiatives or relevant technical work in the same field.