Investigation of GSM Signal Strength in Rural Communities in the South-Eastern Region of Nigeria

  • R. C. Okoro Electronics and Computer Unit, Department of Physics, University of Calabar, Nigeria
  • P. C. Iwuji Electronics and Computer Unit, Department of Physics, University of Calabar, Nigeria

Abstract

This paper focuses on the investigation of GSM networks’ signal strength coverage in rural communities in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria. The Network Cell Info Lite application installed in two Gionee M5 phones was used to carry out measurement of the signal strength received from the transmitting stations of various GSM networks. Signal strength obtained from the application was compared with the Gionee android inbuilt signal meter for authentication purposes. The signal strength measurements were conducted in Amaigbo from 18th August to 26 th August 2018, Uli from 29th August to 6 th September 2018 and Amasa from 8 th September to 16th September 2018, all in South-Eastern region of Nigeria. The data obtained was analyzed to determine the GSM networks coverage levels, the availability of the networks, and the quality of the network provided in the aforementioned rural communities. The result of the study shows that most rural communities in the South-East region of Nigeria, like Amaigbo and Amasa, experiences a lot of periods of out of service as a result of poor network coverage level. It was also observed that in some rural communities in the east with high population density such as Uli, the network coverage level is relatively high. Thus, quality network services were recorded in Uli. It is therefore recommended that more booster stations be sited to enhance good network coverage level in rural communities within the South-Eastern region of Nigeria.

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Published
2019-05-31
How to Cite
Okoro, R. C., & Iwuji, P. C. (2019). Investigation of GSM Signal Strength in Rural Communities in the South-Eastern Region of Nigeria. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 15(15), 140. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2019.v15n15p140