Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BAA Boss Receiving Loud and Clear Now

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BAA Boss Receiving Loud and Clear Now

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NORMALLY anyone suffering from a weak mobile phone signal just has to put up with it. But when you're the boss of Britain's biggest airports operator, it seems the problem of suffering the 21st-century equivalent of being sent to Coventry can quickly be solved.

After Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial bought BAA, which runs Heathrow and Stansted airports, it decided to switch company mobiles from Vodafone onto O2, owned by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica. BAA staff received their O2 phones in June 2010, leaving the bosses until last for minimum disruption.

But when chief executive Colin Matthews tried to use his new phone, insiders say he suffered from a lack of signal around his Richmond home. By happy chance, a dual cell mast -- to improve 3G coverage -- was then erected about 500 metres from Matthews' house.

O2 also installed a booster cell on the roof of the Aurora Hotel in Heathrow, opposite BAA's headquarters, to boost the telephone signal there. …

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