Ed Vaizey comments on Broadband

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree with the comments of the Minister responsible for Broadband, Ed Vaizey, that claims stating the capital city's broadband is worse than many of its European counterparts are "nonsense"?


Answer for Ed Vaizey comments on Broadband

Answer for Ed Vaizey comments on Broadband

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has strong demand for fast broadband, and in some areas more should be done to meet this demand. That is why my Chief of Staff, Edward Lister, chairs a Connectivity Advisory Group which explores with the providers ways to connect up parts of the city that do not have the connectivity they need. We continue to lobby Ministers for Government to play its part too in correcting this.

Average download speeds are not the only measure of connectivity. In fact, London benefits from an extremely broad range of digital connectivity infrastructure suppliers, with over 500 offering a variety of fixed and wireless services across the capital. 89% of the city can get 'next generation access' (NGA) broadband, and more may be able to access superfast connections through other technologies such as wireless services.  The connectivity advisory group has developed a wide-ranging action plan, which includes the following.

•       A connectivity rating scheme, to be launched in summer 2015, will rate and promote the connectivity levels of different buildings to assist consumers to find appropriate premises, and encourage developers and property owners to improve the connectivity of their properties.

•       A connectivity toolkit for London boroughs, providers and other stakeholders will also be made available this year. It will enable stakeholders to learn from best practice and access useful data; which will include a detailed London-wide connectivity map to highlight existing levels of high-speed connectivity as well as 'not-spots'.

I hope this will enable me by the summer to set new ambitious targets to provide London's businesses and residents the connectivity they need wherever they are located in the city.