Mobile phone ‘not spots’

Better mobile phone coverage across West Berkshire continues to be one of my important local campaigns. I have been helping constituents in places like Upper Woolhampton with this issue and am aware of this problem in Yattendon and Ashampstead as well. I have been working closely with Vodafone to try and improve mobile connection in these areas and I’m pleased to report that a site for a new mast has now been agreed for Upper Woolhampton. It will take a few months for the necessary permissions to be obtained but this will go ahead as soon as possible and will, finally, provide coverage for the three schools and all the people living in that area.

I have written to other mobile phone providers as well and you can read the response to my letter to EE here. All providers are keen to eliminate ‘not spots’ and there are solutions out there. 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. 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 so please email me at if you want to report a ‘not spot’.

I was also contacted by the Newbury BID about poor coverage being experienced by some businesses in Newbury town centre and 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.