Netradar is an application to measure the quality of your mobile internet connection and the speed of your phone. From our website, you can check coverage maps for mobile operators and compare devices.

How does it work?

What is measured?

Netradar measures

We also store context information to make maps, statistics and scientific analysis possible

Where does my data go from the app?

We have three measurement points in the cloud: Europe, North America and Asia. The system seeks to find the closest measurement point for you to perform the tests. After that the data is stored on servers located in the European Union.

Can I use the app in different languages?

Netradar app is available in English, German, Finnish and several other languages. The application on your phone is in the same language with than your user interface. If you change the language of your user interface, the app language changes automatically, as well. If your phone is using a language in which Netradar app is not available, the app will be in English.

I see without the app how strong is my mobile signal. Doesn't that tell me how good is my data connection?

No, mobile data speed depends on various factors and mobile signal strength is only one of them. This is exactly why we developed Netradar. You can read more about the factors having an impact to mobile data speed, for instance, in some of our scientific articles

Mobile network measurements - It's not all about signal strength

Netradar - Measuring the wireless world

Privacy

What do you do with my data?

All data is anonymous, that was one of the very fundamental design decisions we did. We do not store information about you, just technical information. Anonymous data is used for drawing the data coverage maps and give various statistics and analyses to you as well as for academic research purposes.

Do I have to login?

Login is not necessary on the application, it is purely optional - this was one of our key design choices. You can, if you want, use external login providers' single sign-on to keep record of your own measurements and to browse them at any time. Our application does not require this, nor do we store or share measurements or personal information from the external login providers' service. Only the identification code is stored so the service can match a user to his or her own measurements.

Do you guys see what I am using my mobile phone for?

Not at all. The app does it's own measurements with the Netradar infrastructure and we have no idea what you do otherwise with your phone, nor do we want to know, this is again a key decision for us, we value your privacy.

Costs

Do I have to pay for the service?

The app is free, so are the web site services. The only cost you may have for using the service is that the application introduces data transfers over the mobile network and depending on your subscription data plan, it might introduce costs. We are not responsible for these costs, and it is your own decision to use our service and application.

How much Netradar consumes from my data plan?

Using Netradar takes more or less as many bytes as what is your bit rate. So if your measurement result was 10 mbps, then Netradar transferred some 10 Megabytes of data.

Map

Can I see coverage maps from other regions than where I am?

Sure you can. Move the map by dragging it with the mouse or by pressing one of the arrow keys on the keyboard. You can also move to a different area on the map by clicking the page up, page down, home or end keys. How do I zoom in and out of the map?

To use the map on a computer, zoom and move the map by clicking on it and then zoom on the map using the scroll wheel of the mouse or by pressing the + or - keys on the keyboard. If you use the map on a mobile phone, use the arrow keys on the display.

Can you explain the map a bit more?

Data resolution

The network performance data resolution is 200 x 200 meters. That is also the tile size on the map at the closest zoom level. Our research indicates this is the smallest meaningful size with a typical location accuracy.

Tile sizes

The sizes of the tiles on the map are calculated by their area in the nature. Because a variant of the Mercator projection is used on the map on wider zoom levels, the tiles further away from the Equator are bigger on your screen than the closer ones.

For example, in the worldwide view the tiles located near the equator seem to be half of the size compared to ones in the northern hemisphere.

Tile coloring

We use five colors to indicate the network performance within a tile area. The value ranges of different colors depend of a selected metric as follows:

Download speed (Kbit/s) Latency (ms) Upload speed (Kbit/s) Signal strength (%)
Excellent > 5000 0 - 79 > 5000 > 50
Good 2000 - 4999 80 - 159 2000 - 4999
Poor 1000 - 1999 160 - 279 1000 - 1999 15 - 49
Bad 500 - 999 280 - 499 500 - 999
Unusable 0 - 499 > 500 0 - 499 0 - 14

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