London ranks 26th out of 33 European Capital cities in terms of internet download speed, below Paris and Bucharest
Residents and businesses across the city can join forces with Westminster City Council in calling for action from providers and sign up to calling for superfast fibre broadband at www.westminster.gov.uk/broadband.
As we plan for the next generation of technology and the development of an Internet of Things, ensuring connectivity across our great city with ultra-fast broadband and mobile network is vital to our continuing success.
The Mayor of London has pledged to deliver 5G mobile capacity by 2020, with the possibility of download speeds up to 1Tbps, but as we stand today only 47 per cent of premises in Westminster have access to superfast broadband and download speeds can be very slow and variable.
Falling through the gaps between Government funding for rural broadband to meet the target for superfast broadband coverage to reach 90 per cent of the UK by 2016 and the market led implementation, a House of Lords report concluded “we find it unacceptable that there are still urban areas experiencing internet ‘not spots’, which is hampering…the UK’s international competitiveness.”
When it comes to broadband speed, mobile coverage, and 4G keeping Westminster’s residents and businesses connected is a top priority. With a commitment from BT to invest where there is proven demand and Virgin announcing £3bn of investment that will benefit high population urban areas, it is more important now than ever to ensure the investment continues to flow into Westminster, please sign up and join the campaign at www.westminster.gov.uk/broadband.
“We find it unacceptable that there are still urban areas experiencing internet ‘not spots’, which is hampering…the UK’s international competitiveness.”
House of Lords Report