BCC comments on the Government’s £1 billion Shared Rural Network

BCC comments on the Government’s £1 billion Shared Rural Network

Welcoming the Government’s announcement today of a £1 billion agreement to take 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK landmass by the end of 2025, British Chambers of Commerce Director General Dr Adam Marshall said:

“This is a major win for our Chamber ‘No More Not Spots’ campaign, which has worked across the UK to identify and fix the mobile ‘not spots’ holding back businesses in so many parts of the country.

“Access to mobile voice and data services is a basic requirement of business today, and it is essential to consumers and for linking people and communities.

“Today’s announcement is a long-overdue step in the right direction, and Chambers will continue to work with operators and government during the rollout to ensure that the new Shared Rural Network gives our local communities and businesses the mobile coverage they need.”

What is the No More Not Spots campaign?

Access to mobile voice call services is a basic requirement of business today: that’s why the British Chambers of Commerce launched a campaign calling for No More Not Spots.

A 2017 survey by the BCC found that 70% of UK firms experience ‘not spots’, areas of no mobile coverage by any operator, or ‘partial not spots’, where there is some coverage but not from all networks, in their local area.

The aim of this campaign is to end not spots for voice coverage for UK phone users where they live, work, travel or play.

Despite welcome progress in the rollout of mobile coverage, businesses across the country still report problems with unreliable mobile coverage.

Results from BCC’s infrastructure survey, conducted in February this year showed that a majority (53%) of responding businesses perceived the reliability of the UK mobile phone network to have improved over the last five years. But a substantial number (21%) did not agree that the network meets its needs for accessing new and existing customers, suppliers, and employees.

The reasons for patchy coverage are many and varied: from building and vehicle design to the number and location of masts and cells; from the topography of the built and natural landscapes to the technologies in phones.

Through this campaign, British Chambers of Commerce will mobilise the business community to identify gaps in coverage and work constructively with industry and government to resolve locally.

Share this news story:

Other News

17-07-2024
Reuseabox Makes It Easier for Businesses to Track the Environmental Impact of Their Packaging

Reuseabox, a leading B Corp certified circular economy packaging company that helps businesses reuse cardboard boxes, has rec...

Read More
17-07-2024
Ongo unveils plans to build hundreds more homes in West Lindsey

Ongo is continuing with ambitious development plans in the West Lindsey District, aimed at enhancing the local community and ...

Read More

Join our ever-growing membership base

Become a member
Our Patrons