Kamall calling: "No Bars" campaign to reach out from London

06-Oct-2015 @ 15:15

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A campaign to highlight patchy mobile phone signals in London is set to go national.

Syed Kamall MEP will use a fringe event today at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester to highlight his ground-breaking No Bars campaign, and outline plans to extend it beyond the capital to other parts of Britain.

The crowd-sourcing initiative uses a dedicated website http www.nobarscampaign.com to gather experiences of failed mobile reception from members of the public – and it allows them to pinpoint on an interactive heat map the places where they got "no bars".

Now Dr Kamall, Conservative MEP for London, is inviting partners from other parts of Britain to take up the campaign and highlight it on their own websites.

He said:"London is the greatest city in the world and Britain the greatest nation. It is plain wrong that so far into the 21st Century people here should find their mobile phones failing them.

"It is potentially disruptive to business, a barrier to trade and a risk to public safety.This campaign aims to harness people-power to get those who can solve this problem to address it urgently."

People feeding their bad experiences into the campaign database have complained about everything from missed business opportunities to getting lost because Google Maps went blank.

James Cleverley, MP for Braintree, and James Berry, MP for Kingston on Thames and Surbiton, will highlight problems raised by their own constituents when they join Dr Kamall at the fringe event.

Dr Kamall said:"In a recent survey by OpenSignal, Britain came behind Kazakstan and Bolivia for mobile coverage. Maybe you can argue that they have wider open spaces but we were also beaten by Switzerland, Hungary, the USA and Canada.

"Perhaps you could say the USA has better planning laws, etc but are you telling me in a country as advanced as Britain, we can`t be doing the same? Having such poor coverage simply isn`t good enough.

"We hear constant promises of improvements, but in which case why am I still struggling to get a decent signal just outside the busiest railway station in Britain at Clapham Junction? I know that is repeated at many, many places across Britain."

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