In order to improve digital connectivity in London and fulfil statements made in the Mayoral Manifesto, a Connected London team has been set up. The team includes a Principal Policy Officer for Digital Connectivity, the Digital Connectivity Officer, and a Connected London Apprentice. Contact them at [email protected].
Connected London team
Why connectivity is important
We want to ensure that London is the best connected city in Europe, where affordable full fibre connections are available to all homes and businesses.
Londoners need to be able to access digital connectivity they require to take up increasingly digitally delivered 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 it 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 of gigabit-capable particularly for residents and SMEs, services needs a step change. City, boroughs, providers and developers must all work together to ready the capital for full fibre and 5G, to cope with growing capacity needs and serve hard-to-reach areas.
You can 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.
What the team does
The Connected London team, established in Autumn 2017, works with London's Local Authorities to help share information and better co-ordinate with digital infrastructure providers to enable investment into fibre and mobile infrastructure in underserved areas in London.
The Connected London work programme includes:
- Working with Transport for London (TfL) on the Connected London Full Fibre Network - This scheme will use TfL assets to deliver a full fibre backhaul network, connecting up 400 km of underground tunnels, 580 km of roads and 80,000 street furniture assets. It will also make use of public sector property to make surrounding areas more commercially viable by funding connections through grant funding
- Connected London Regional Working Groups – addressing coordination challenges and sharing knowledge across boundaries. The working groups are: North Central, North East, South Central, South and West London
- Working with providers – the team works with providers to understand their priorities and issues, to improve connectivity across London
- London Plan – developing and implementing the strongest digital connectivity planning policies ever
- Sharing best practice and resources – providing data, mapping, templates and case studies relevant to digital connectivity in London. These are provided through our workshops, in our newsletters and on our webpages.
For more information about what the team does, please read our Connected London blog which provides content about our projects and conversations with stakeholders.