Cambridgeshire Chamber fully supports BCC ‘No More Not Spots’ campaign


Tuesday 20 March 2018



Today (Tuesday) the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched its campaign for ‘No More Not Spots’, with the aim of ending not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

The UK’s leading business group is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify coverage challenges and work through solutions to improve poor mobile coverage.

Not spots, and areas of partial not spots hamper UK businesses. A recent survey of over 1,400 companies, found that a fifth (21%) of firms say the UK mobile phone network doesn’t meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.

Despite welcome investment in geographic coverage for voice and text, not spots still exist, even in dense commercial centres, road and rail corridors where access issues, the built environment, and the economics of new infrastructure can combine to weaken coverage and frustrate network rollout.

The campaign will mobilise Chamber member businesses and wider local communities to identify and report gaps in coverage. It will bring together all those involved in delivering coverage with local business communities to identify priorities for action.

The campaign is part of the Chambers’ wider call for a greater focus on ‘fixing the fundamentals’ of the UK business environment to remove barriers to growth.

John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “A reliable mobile phone signal is one of the most basic requirements for any business, as more and more conversations and transactions take place while people are on the go. Unfortunately, dropped calls and poor signal remains an issue right across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Stamford, as well as in many other areas across the UK.

“From today, we’ll be campaigning for an end to mobile phone ‘not spots’ in our area, so that businesspeople can connect to customers, suppliers and staff – and so that our local communities can better connect, too.

“Our campaign will be constructive and focused on solutions. While we’ll press for investment and services improvements, we’ll work with mobile operators and all parties with a stake in getting this right. Working together, business, communities and operators can identify key gaps in coverage and find shared solutions to resolve the real-world connection problems many business communities face.

“Our message to all businesses is simple: share and report mobile not spots – so that together we can take action to improve reliable coverage for the future. Our future prosperity depends on getting the fundamentals right here at home – and a push for reliable, dependable and consistently improving mobile connectivity is the perfect place to start.”




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