Local residents and businesses have long been concerned that the poor speed offered by broadband providers in the St James’s Ward and other parts of Westminster. St James’s Councillor Cameron Thomson says: “Research in 2015 showed that London ranks 26th out of 33 European capital cities in terms of internet download speed, below both Paris and Bucharest. Local residents and businesses deserve better.”
The Council has a Broadband Champion who is responsible for coordinating a lobbying campaign, involving local business, to persuade the main providers especially British Telecom to improve their service and encourage others to enter the broadband market.
Recently BT announced that will be accelerating its plans for providing Ultra-Fast Broadband in Westminster. They are expecting their 'Fibre to the Cabinets' (FTTC) programme to be completed by March 2017. They will also be increasing the number of cabinets to be served from 142 to at least 170. This new product, FTTC, will allow for vastly increased connectivity and access to and from the Cloud. It is the sort of service that our small and medium-sized enterprises have been crying out for. To find out about the planned roll out to your building please click here.