Nic has written about a lot of areas which suffer from poor connectivity issues, but he’s also written about Salisbury where a tremendous initiative to deliver fibre to the premises has put the sub megabit connectivity of parts of the nearby Chalke Valley into sharp contrast.
Photo by Stuart Berman: (L-R) The FTs Nic-Fildes, Local MP John Glen and Chalke Mobile.
The parlous state of rural mobile coverage is such a recurring theme the Rural Connected Communities project and MONeH in particular found a willing home in the Financial Times. That and it being a cracking story of local residents taking the problem into their own hands.
We were lucky that when Nic asked if he could visit our local MP, John Glen was happy to come along as was Ant Timpson, from CellXica who could add to the story with British designed and built 5G infrastructure.
The Glen is a huge supporter of the project and was exceptionally generous with his time. We’d been promised 15 minutes and he stayed for an hour.
MONeH is a tiny customer for CellXica and yet the MD was prepared to spend a day with us, down in the nitty-gritty of installing and configuring cells.
Pulling all the right people together is down to the passion James Body generates. He has a unique talent for getting people to deliver, be it time, hardware or code.
The project would be nothing without the community of the Chalke Valley and that’s marshaled by Jonathan Andrew and John Ibbotson of Ch4lke Mobile. Jonathan did a splendid job of explaining to Nic just how crushing the lack of connectivity was for the community.
The article appeared in Monday’s issue of the Financial Times as the page 3 lead. A fantastic level of coverage for RCC and MONeH.
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