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New index for better coverage

Published: 26 August 2020

The government's target for mobile coverage is insufficient and unclear. This according to Jaap van de Beek, professor of Signal Processing. He addresses the problems in an article in Ny teknik. The solution may be a new index developed by researchers at Luleå University of Technology.

Jaap van de Beek believes that the digital gap between urban and rural areas is increasing. This is not compatible with the government's vision that Sweden should become the best in the world in using the possibilities of digitalisation. According to Jaap van de Beek, the government's vision is partly inadequate, it does not include the sparsely populated areas beyond people's movement patterns, and unclear because it does not define what is actually good mobile coverage and is therefore difficult to quantify.

Within the framework of the project #fulltäckning, researchers at Luleå University of Technology have developed an index that shows how mobile coverage is distributed between urban and rural areas, the Cellular Coverage Inequality Index (CCI).

The index can measure the size of the digital gap and be used to show changes over time or to compare between countries. Jaap van de Beeks hopes that the index will be used as a tool to reduce the digital gap and contribute to political and technical solutions benefiting the countryside.


Jaap van de Beek

Jaap van de Beek, Professor, Chaired Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493383
Organisation: Signal Processing, Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering