Broadband Speed

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0560
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A survey of broadband speeds released shortly before Christmas ranked London 26 out of 33 other European cities with Bucharest, Paris and Vilnius all beating London. Is this not a shocking indictment of your Mayoralty's failure to deliver a more connected London?

Answer

Answer for Broadband Speed

Answer for Broadband Speed

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The issue of connectivity is not just about average speeds. 89% of the capital currently has access to superfast broadband, but Londoners and London's businesses should have access to universal affordable high speed connectivity from a range of providers. Access to superfast connectivity could boost London's economy by around £4bn by 2024.

This is why I've made connectivity a priority in my London Infrastructure Plan 2050. I've also established the Connectivity Advisory Group, which is advising on a comprehensive work plan.

Later this year I will be launching the Connectivity Rating Scheme. This will rate and promote buildings' connectivity levels. I have also identified locations on GLA group property that could be suitable for wireless infrastructure. I will also be shortly publishing a connectivity toolkit for London boroughs. This will include a publicly available map that will show levels of connectivity across the capital using Ofcom postcode data, and best practice guide for boroughs and providers. In addition to this, I have a number of projects that will help to stimulate demand in the long term by encouraging take up of superfast services.