The European Commission, in collaboration with broadband performance
testing specialist SamKnows, has launched a pan-European project to
map the broadband performance of all EU Member States. This follows
successful projects run with Ofcom (the UK telecoms regulator) and the
FCC (the US regulator). 10,000 volunteers are being sought from across
Europe to participate in this new study.
SamKnows provides each volunteer with a free 'whitebox', a hardware
device designed to measure the performance of the volunteer's Internet
connection when it is not being used. Hardware is provided through a
partnership with TP-Link and, of course, the devices utilise OpenWrt
as their operating system.
Sam Crawford from SamKnows stated: "OpenWrt coupled with TP-Link
hardware is a dream come true - it's reliable, cost effective and
incredibly easy to work with. We're big fans of the OpenWrt project
and have been using it in deployments since 2008. We contribute back
to the project too, by providing pre-release hardware samples, writing
wiki documents and assisting others on the forums."
If you would like to learn more about the project or register as a
volunteer please visit http://www.samknows.eu.