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Standard User mikejp
(member) Sat 08-Apr-17 10:00:56
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Mobile phone masts


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The arrival of a new 'brother' for an existing EE mast around here (a 'bigger brother') prompted me to look for the mast data I used to use to find it is now 'gone'. Is there a new source anywhere?

Incidentally, a large label on the new cabinet proudly proclaims 'T-Mobile'?? I thought they had been 'subsumed'.
Standard User David_W
(knowledge is power) Sat 08-Apr-17 10:06:59
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If you're thinking of Ofcom's Sitefinder, it stopped being updated a long time ago and was no longer useful. So far as I know, there is no generally available and up to date public source of technical mast data for the mobile networks, though there are various crowdsourced mast databases from site tracker apps.



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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sat 08-Apr-17 11:03:06
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yeap people are relying on crowd sourced stuff

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 08-Apr-17 12:26:24
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Re: Mobile phone masts


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The arrival of a new 'brother' for an existing EE mast around here (a 'bigger brother') prompted me to look for the mast data I used to use to find it is now 'gone'. Is there a new source anywhere?
Crowd sourced info is on https://cellmapper.net - anyone with an Android cellular device can contribute.

Some of the SiteFinder data seems to be on https://mastdata.com/

Incidentally, a large label on the new cabinet proudly proclaims 'T-Mobile'?? I thought they had been 'subsumed'.
Yes I believe the legal entity is now a wholly owned part of EE Ltd, which is fully owned by British Telecommunications plc. That doesn't mean the legal entity of T-mobile has been closed - it will probably take years to transfer assets and update planning records etc. This doesn't affect legal ownership, or the day to day running of the network, its just names.

A mast near me has Orange Personal Communications stickers on its cabinets, even through its fully an EE 4G converted mast.

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Standard User mikejp
(member) Sat 08-Apr-17 13:14:25
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Thanks, JC. Sites (naturally) not fully up-to-date.

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 08-Apr-17 14:52:09
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Thanks, JC. Sites (naturally) not fully up-to-date.

The reason Ofcom closed Sitefinder was closed was that the networks were no longer providing updates after some copyright issue. (I can't recall the reason). For many of the networks the data was over 10 years old.

So mastdata is worth checking for the legacy information, and then cellmapper is only as good as where people have driven around their area and mapped it. Checkout the Hull area and you'll see some very enthusiastic students have mapped that area extensively on all 4 physical networks!

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