Because mobile Internet access is growing so quickly, the next billion users will experience the Internet differently from people using the Internet today. At the same time, Internet connectivity around the world is far from uniform, and tracking the variety of connectivity, and how it’s evolving, is important to understanding the global Internet experience—especially if your mission is to ensure that the ‘Internet is for everyone,’ as it is for the Internet Society.
This is why the Internet Society has partnered with Aalto University in Finland to measure the diversity of Internet access around the world. Using an application developed by Aalto University’s Department of Communications and Networking, called Netradar (netradar.org), the Internet Society will be able to study how the Internet is changing over time.
The free app, part of the Netradar Project led by Professor Jukka Manner, provides neutral and accurate information about the quality and diversity (in terms of bandwidth and latency) of Internet connections and mobile devices everywhere. It does this by measuring and displaying the data submitted anonymously by anyone who runs the application. The data is uploaded to Netradar’s database and the results are plotted on network connectivity and performance maps, like in the image above.
This kind of data helps form a more detailed picture of worldwide network quality, so we can better understand the scope and impact of network changes, and ultimately help to ensure the Internet’s sustainability and reliability for future generations.
Smartphone users around the globe can download the app (available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian, Meego, Maemo, Jolla and Blackberry platforms), contribute their measurements and see their results at http://dev.internetsociety.org/netradar. (No personal information is gathered by the system, and no account or login is necessary. Optional use of a third-party login enables users to track their measurement history.)
Help us build a global picture of Internet diversity and evolution!