We want to ensure that London is the best connected city in Europe, where affordable ultrafast connections are available to all homes and small businesses.
Londoners need to be able to access digital connectivity they require to take up increasingly digitally delivered products and services.
SMEs able to access affordable gigabit-capable connections could see productivity increases of 7-10 per cent. A Rightmove report suggests that properties without access to higher broadband speeds see a 20 per cent reduction in their value. The number of connected devices whether on the person, in the home, the street or workplace is growing at a huge rate and Ofcom estimates they will increase 12-fold by 2026, with mobile data usage growing at over 30 per cent a year.
Digital connectivity also supports smart technologies in terms of the collection, analysis and sharing of data on the performance of the built and natural environment. This includes water and energy consumption, air quality, waste, noise and congestion enabling city services to meet the needs of Londoners better and to plan for growth.
Current availability, particularly for residents and SMEs, of gigabit-capable services needs a step change. City, boroughs, providers and developers must all work together with a renewed drive to ready the capital for 5G and promote gigabit-capable connections to cope with growing capacity needs and serve hard-to-reach areas.
An in-depth report commissioned by the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee details connectivity issues across London. Read more about the report.
You can also read more about improving digital connections to make London a Smart City and the Mayor's plans to tackle London's areas of poor connectivity.