North-East mobile coverage fares well

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Businesses in many parts of the UK, particularly rural areas, are experiencing full or partial not-spots in their mobile coverage, according to a new survey, although the North East results show a more positive picture.

The North East England Chamber of Commerce survey of more than 1,400 businesses found that nationally, 70 per cent of firms experience mobile non-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.

However, the North East outperformed the UK as a whole, with 56 per cent reporting experiencing not spots.

Ben Powick, policy adviser at the Chamber, said: “The results from this survey show a cautiously optimistic picture for the North East and access to mobile broadband coverage. The results from the survey indicate that as a region our businesses experience dreaded mobile not spots less frequently than the national average. While this is welcomed and showcases the North East’s strong digital infrastructure, over half do still report such experiences, therefore there is still significant room for improvement across mobile operators.”