£10 million 5G London Roll-out.
£10 million investment has been announced to prepare London for 5G roll-out.
21:54 30 October 2019
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to replace copper cables with fibre optics in order to ensure that London is ready for 5G once it is rolled out. The £10million scheme represents the City Hall’s largest ever investment in bringing gigabit-speed connectivity across the city.
Local London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold OBE AM said: “With full-fibre coverage across Hackney and Islington averaging at only 10per cent, this funding will provide a significant boost for households and businesses currently based in ‘not spot’ areas, who have been held back by slow and unreliable access to vital digital services.
“By using existing public and transport infrastructure, it will be possible to deliver better connectivity across the capital.”
“It’s good to see that City Hall is finding pragmatic solutions to the many obstacles and high costs that come with replacing existing cabling.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London’s future digital connectivity will be built on fibre. High-speed connectivity is crucial for businesses of all sizes and sectors, not to mention Londoners accessing digital services at home and around the city.”
“This represents the largest investment in connectivity City Hall has ever made – the funding I’m announcing today unlocks the potential for us to use the Tube network and public buildings in bringing gigabit-speed connectivity to Londoner currently putting up with poor service.”
“I hope this provides the catalyst for further investment from the public and private sectors – I’m urging them to match my ambitions to get all Londoners connected.”