Web Platform for Mobile Coverage Maps

Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Client Brief

  • Telecom Operators need to identify areas where it makes economic sense to install new base stations (BTS) in order to expand their reach. As they expand in rural areas, with lower densities, the choice of location has to be done in a surgical manner to maximise RoI while reaching the underserved.


  • Quality assessment of MNO data (RF data, cross checking with other sources like OpenCellID, etc.) Validation of HRSL population density data (comparing with LandCover Africa, GHSL, etc.), including manual reprocessing

  • Radio planning tools to compute granular mobile coverage around site locations

  • Merge of MNO coverage at country level

  • Breakdown of other (socio-economic) data to match chosen geographic resolution

  • Compute the number of people covered and uncovered at admin area and settlement levels


  • The maps are then available on an online interface with several functionalities like filter commands or statistics panels to access figure on coverage, population or socio-economic indicators at administrative area and settlement levels

  • This online interface can be secured by authentification (login and password) if data is confidential

  • The platform can also allow an data extraction functionality to get an Excel file with specific statistics on the displayed zone

  • Methodology documentation: document describing the methodology and assumptions used to create the coverage maps is also provided

  • See example of public deliverable for the GSMA: https://www.mobilecoveragemaps.com