Thinking ahead… I suppose some kind of coordinated (community) effort is needed to provide test data and that could be planned in advance. A single video (or even few of varying levels), although nice, would not give an accurate picture of what confidence to have that L5 works somewhere. A systematic approach would also help in improvements, effective diagnosis and fixes.
Just at the top of my head,
What details should be logged (what’s needed and meaningful): at least test location, time, HW version, SW version, modem version, network name and possibly tower details, channels… and something else? Some level of identification of user or device (to separate disinformation but more for updating old info as fixes come)?
What is the test protocol and gathering procedure: call to any number/network or several? Length and timing of calls? Separate data transfer test (how and why)? Level of audio quality measured (how)? Do distance and line of sight matter (also thinking ease of testing vs. level of details)? Anything else needed for general/local troubleshooting? Good instructions are needed for the data to gathered similarly enough.
Global geography and making information visual and useable: as in A) “where”, which is how normal people/customers think, and B) “whose networks”, which is info tech people need. Which leads me to hope for two things:
- a map view for a quick overview: colors (“not tested/know”, “no working found”, “only one working”, “several tested networks work” or similar) and possibly other information (which modem is used/suggested, level of translations, available keyboards, suggested networks etc.)
- a list view for details: grouping sorted by country and network at least, maybe by area/city too
- What kind of tools can be used to collect and disseminate the data? A net form probably? Where would that be - a separate website and/or an app for the phone (semi-automated, could someone make one)? An automated telemetry would not seem to be an option (sec&privacy) and there is some data that can’t be gotten that way. The data list can be put to wiki, most likely. Can existing network and mast datasets be used with this (may not need to)? List and map can be updated by hand, if it doesn’t need to be updated too often - is couple of days a week or month enough (probably more often at first and less later)? There’s probably a spike after every update (thinking about amount of work).
Or how should this be approached - if at all? I was also thinking that similar challenges may come with other new (linux) phones and same could be applied there (a joint effort). Does anyone (with time and a need for a project) have experience setting up forms and databases and mapviews?
If anyone has good ideas and interest regarding this, we may have to set up a separate thread and not hijack this one…