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Date: 28/03/2018

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have recently 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.

A recent survey by the BCC found that 21% of firms felt that the UK mobile phone network does not meet their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.

Reliable mobile phone signal is one of the most basic requirements for any business with more conversations and transactions taking place while people are on the move. Unfortunately, experiencing dropped calls and poor signal remains an issue for many areas in the two counties.

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.

This is why Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce stated in their Business Manifesto that they want to work to ensure that businesses in all parts of the two counties have access to a world class digital infrastructure, particularly in rural ‘not spots’.

On the 14th March the Chamber started to address this aim by hosting a Herefordshire Connectivity Forum with Fastershire, attended by over 40 local businesses that were able to raise concerns and work proactively towards solutions for faster broadband. Read more

We are therefore delighted to support the BCC’s campaign launch who will be bringing together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify challenges and solutions to improve poor mobile coverage.
To address this issue, the BCC is calling for businesses to identify and report gaps in mobile coverage by logging it here and using their hashtag on twitter #ShareYourNotSpots