Broadband Take Up

MQT on 2004-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2004
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In what ways are the new Olympic and Thames Gateway developments to be E-enabled and broadband usage facilitated and encouraged? What bandwidth is appropriate for modern domestic premises?


Answer for Broadband Take Up

Answer for Broadband Take Up

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Development Agency will be working with key partners from the public and private sectors to plan strategically for the provision of telecommunications to the Olympic and Thames Gateway developments. The advice to master planners will include a consideration of the most appropriate `bandwidth" for modern domestic premises based on today"s telecommunications usage. Appropriate bandwidth for likely future usage requires consideration of the bandwidth requirements of telecommunications products and services that are only at a development stage. It is too early to say exactly what this bandwidth will be.As part of the Olympics development, key facilities included in the plans will be the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre. The combined facilities will cover an approximate area of 1million sq ft and will require the highest standards of telecommunications infrastructure appropriate for 2012. The legacy will provide a technology environment with potential to support the high tech and media industries.The Thames Gateway Development Delivery Strategy includes a telecommunications element to give London a unique opportunity to provide future proof telecommunications that would most likely involve the large-scale deployment of fibre-optics. The Thames Gateway Investment Plan includes a telecommunications element for the provision of broadband to all proposed future and existing residential and business users.