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Govt call for Evidence: Extending Local Full Fibre Broadband Networks - (29/12/16) The Government announced over £1 billion of investment in the Autumn Statement 2016 to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure. This investment will deliver even faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses across the UK. It is our […]

How to join in

A new crowdsourcing initiative is asking local people to gather vital data to help plug gaps (aka ‘notspots’) in fixed and mobile coverage across Cambridgeshire.

Led by the business and academic group Cambridge Ahead, the campaign is calling on all residents, employees, students and businesses to help identify the ‘not spot’ areas of no or low connectivity by becoming a #CambsNotspotter.

The project will show where mobile phone signals, Wi-Fi and broadband access are poor then encourage providers to take action to improve them.

We are focussing our efforts with specific providers so to be a #CambsNotspotter, all you have to do is:

  1. Participate! Download the App from Google Play / App Store and get involved in identifying where there is limited mobile network coverage. Find out more
  2. Log in! Make use of free Wi-Fi in public buildings and open spaces in and around Cambridge by selecting ‘CambWifi’ and ‘the_cloud’ Wi-Fi networks on your device. Find out more
  3. Check your speed! Run an independent broadband speed test for your household or small business broadband. Find out more

The initiative supports the work of Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband rollout, providing free public Wi-Fi with the University of Cambridge, and making smart use of technology to tackle city challenges as part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

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Notspotter FAQs

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and where to go to for more information.

Notspotter Toolkit

The success of this campaign will depend on how many of Cambridgeshire residents and employees take part. As such we want to provide all of the materials to everyone so that you can promote this to your business, communities, groups, family and friends!

Please feel free to download the tools that you need and keep up to date with our latest news page or on Twitter using #CambsNotspotter

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If you require the full press pack which includes additional items such as the logos in other formats plus Word docs of the above, please email

NotSpotter News logo Govt call for Evidence: Extending Local Full Fibre Broadband Networks - (29/12/16) The Government announced over £1 billion of investment in the Autumn Statement 2016 to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure. This investment will deliver even faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses across the UK. It is our […]
TechCityNews square logo UK broadband: Is it meeting the demands of our tech firms? - (27/12/16) The UK’s tech community is thriving, but is the nation’s existing broadband network helping or hindering innovation? Sheena Campbell explores. Gone are the days when connectivity was an afterthought for tenants – now it’s seen as vitally important alongside basic […]
National Infrastructure Commission logo National Infrastructure Commission publishes final report into 5G and telecoms - (14/12/16) The National Infrastructure Commission published its final report into 5G and telecommunication technology on 14th December. The central finding is that mobile connectivity has become a necessity. The market has driven great advances since the advent of the mobile phone […]
Yellow fibre optic cable More than £1bn for faster UK broadband in Autumn Statement - (22/11/16) In a digital infrastructure overhaul, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £1bn broadband investment during the Autumn Statement 2016, which will spread fibre networks and 5G across Britain. Aware of the issues that businesses face with poor connectivity, Hammond committed to […]
Ponies on Exmoor Exmoor to get superfast wireless internet to create a ‘Heather Valley’ - (2/8/16) One of England’s remotest regions is to get some of the nation’s fastest internet connections under plans to create “Heather Valley” — a smaller version of California’s SiliconValley — in Devon and Somerset. A network of 40 masts installed […]
Link NYC logo New Yorkers are getting free public Wi-Fi via kiosks. Read how. - (12th August 2016) To date, around 350 Link kiosks have emerged from the graves of old pay phones; more than 350,000 people have registered to the network. The deployment cost over $200 million, but the network will come at no additional […]
Anna Soubry MP Govt claim 9 in 10 homes get super-fast broadband is ‘incredibly suspicious’ - (11th August 2016) Claims by the Government that nine in 10 households have access to “super-fast” broadband are meaningless and inaccurate, a former minister has said. Anna Soubry, a former business minister, revealed that she was so concerned while in office […]
Local Govt Association logo Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge - (27th July) Councils have urged the government to “reaffirm its commitment” to a minimum broadband speed to stop thousands of homes and businesses falling into a “digital twilight zone”. Read the full article on BBC News.
Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because ‘not everyone wants to be connected’ - (7th May) High speed internet will not be automatically delivered to countryside homes after ministers claimed some people living in rural areas do not “want to be connected”. The pledge to provide high speed broadband to every home in the UK has […]
Picture of Faye Holland at Cambridge 105FM studios ‘Not spots’: hear CA Connectivity Project Leader on Cambridge 105FM - (7th March) Listen to Faye Holland interviewed by Julian Clover on his Drive time show on Cambridge 105FM on 7th March 2016, the launch day of the #CambsNotspotter initiative. Under Julian’s forensic questioning, Faye explains the background to the initiative […]
Picture of a Cambridge Street What does Smart Cambridge look like? - (4th April) A new Smart Cambridge guide explores how ‘smart city’ innovations can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond. The Smart Cambridge programme, set up by the Greater […]
Picture of satellite dish Satellite dishes boost broadband speeds in Cambridgeshire - (31st March) Homes and businesses in some of the most remote and hard to reach areas of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now get a discounted satellite broadband connection if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of […]
Open Signal transmitter icon See how the 16 most populous UK cities rate for mobile phone signals - (15th March) London ranks among the worst major cities in the UK for phone signal, falling well behind coverage in smaller cities, according to a report into the state of Britain’s mobile networks. The capital ranked 13th in a study of […]
Summary of the launch event including pictures - (13th March) The morning event on Monday 7th March began with a welcome from our host, Jonathan Agar, CEO of Birketts LLP, followed by an introduction from Faye Holland, Project leader of the Cambridge Ahead Connectivity team. There followed short […]
Grab pic of Cambridge TV interviewing David Cleeveley Cambridge TV coverage of our launch event - (11th March) Adam Page of Cambridge TV reports from the launch of the #CambsNotspotter initiative by Cambridge Ahead which is aimed at helping make Cambridge a hyper-connected city. The campaign empowers citizens and businesses to identify so-called mobile and wi-fi […]
BBC Look East coverage of the launch - (8th March) We were delighted that BBC Look East were able to film our launch on 7th March and interview some of the leaders of the initiative in Station Road, Cambridge. Thanks to Nicola Beckford and her colleague for coming. […]
Cambridge News logo Cambridge News covers #CambsNotspotter initiative - (Sun 6th March) This is hopefully the first of many articles by local media covering the launch of our initiative. It’s by Cambridge News and is in advance of our launch on Monday 7th March. That day Faye Holland, the […]
22 Station Road Cambridge Launch event preparations are underway! - (Fri 4th March) We’re very excited about the launch event that’s happening at 22 Station Road, Cambridge at 10am on Monday 7th March. We’re all set up now and we’ve got media lined up including BBC Look East, Cambridge TV, […]