The number of connected devices, whether a mobile phone on a person, a smart meter in the home, an air quality sensor on the street or an energy meter in the workplace, is growing at a huge rate. Ofcom estimates they will increase 12-fold in the UK by 2026. Mobile data use alone is growing at more than 30 per cent a year. The current provision of connectivity across London needs to improve significantly so that the city can continue to grow and prosper as a digital economy, and smart solutions can be tested and adopted.
Our new approach to connectivity will work across London to coordinate investment, mobilise public and private land and assets, lower costs for providers and consumers and increase choice. We want to see more of this and work in collaboration with partners - such as public bodies, private landowners and providers - to build this into a city-wide approach.
To enable this next stage, the Mayor will:
- launch a new Connected London programme to coordinate connectivity and 5G projects
- propose planning powers, like requiring full fibre to the home for all new developments, to enhance connectivity in the future
- enhance public wifi in streets and public buildings to assist those who live, work and visit London
- support a new generation of smart infrastructure through major combined procurements
- promote common standards with smart tech to maximise benefit