Response to Government's announcement on improving 4G coverage

Press Releases 9 Mar 2020

Response to Government's announcement on improving 4G coverage

Responding to the news that the UK Government will sign a new deal with network operators to create a significant improvement to mobile coverage in the UK, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said:

“Almost half (47%) of small businesses agree that their mobile data connection is often unreliable, and it’s worse in rural areas. This is concerning given how much small businesses depend on strong, reliable mobile data connections. They have had to deal with the impact of poor connectivity for too long.

“This 4G announcement is a welcome step and comes at a time where good phone coverage is more important than ever – the coronavirus outbreak shows just how vital it is to have good digital connectivity.

“We are looking forward to working with stakeholders to find out which areas are going to be prioritised first and ensure nobody in rural areas misses out. With the advent of 5G upon us, we must keep driving connectivity forward so no area in the UK is left behind.”

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As the UK’s largest business support group, FSB is the voice of the UK’s small businesses and the self-employed. Established over 40 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by its members, for its members. As the UK’s leading business campaigner, FSB is focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed.

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