Increasing cellular coverage in Weston is an item identified on the Board of Selectmen's Projects and Priorities. As many residents have experienced, the wireless service coverage in town is poor, which can be contributed to several factors from being a predominately residential community to increased reliance on wireless services.
In the fall of 2018, the Selectmen engaged the services of Isotrope, LLC to study the current coverage throughout the town. To do this, Isotrope drove public and accessible private ways and passable fire trails. Mounted to the inside of the windshield of the test vehicle were recent models of smartphones subscribed to four major carriers. Details of the testing method are available in the report below.
Four maps were created using the collected data, one for each of the major carriers:
- AT&T LTE Coverage Map (PDF)
- Sprint LTE Coverage Map (PDF)
- T-Mobile LTE Coverage Map (PDF)
- Verizon LTE Coverage Map (PDF)
Each of the maps will open in a new browser. The map key is below:
|Green||>/= -85 dBm (RSRP)||Excellent service. Also expected to be reliable in larger non-residential buildings|
|Yellow||>/= -95 dBm||Typical network design target to penetrate residential buildings|
|Light Blue||>/= -115 dBm||Typical threshold for outdoor signal coverage|
|Black||< -115 dBm||UE (user equipment) could still work at levels as low as -120 dBm or less, but even outdoors this level is usually unreliable|
|Dark Blue||3G||Indicates UE handed over to 3G service. To avoid confusion, no 3G signal level is presented on the map|
|Orange||Road driven but no signal reported||Indicates UE was not able to lock onto a cell site|