Mobile phone ‘not spots’

Better mobile coverage across West Berkshire has been one of my local campaigns. I am now asking for more information about any hidden ‘not spots’.

I have been helping constituents in places like Upper Woolhampton with this issue and have recently been made aware of this problem in Yattendon and Ashampstead. I am working closely with Vodafone to try and improve mobile connection in these areas. If we are to achieve 100% coverage across the constituency, I need to hear from people who are struggling with this in order to be able to help.

I have a good working relationship with Vodafone and they are keen to eliminate ‘not spots’. There are solutions out there, both for Vodafone and other mobile providers. We all rely on our phones and to have areas of West Berkshire where you still cannot get a signal is unacceptable in this day and age. Please email me at richard@richardbenyon.com if you want to report a ‘not spot’.

Update: Following my post above, I was contacted by the Newbury BID about poor coverage being experienced by some businesses in Newbury town centre. I am delighted to report that Vodafone has now come back to me saying that it is in the process of upgrading the Newbury area in general with additional capacity that will effectively double the data capacity across the whole of the town and triple capacity in the town centre.

I am also informed that the required approvals have been given to deploy sites in Upper Woolhampton and Yattendon. Please feel free to keep me informed on all these areas.