Royal Greenwich to Become One of the Country's Most Digitally Connected
Royal Greenwich set to become one of the most digitally connected parts of the country.
23:43 03 March 2023
Digital Greenwich Connect, a £2m partnership between DG Cities and full fibre ITS Technology Group, is set to transform Royal Greenwich into one of the most digitally connected parts of the country.
The partnership was officially launched on Thursday 23 February in an event attended by Cllr Anthony Okereke, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Cllr Mariam Lolavar, and Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Business and Skills.
The building of the network involves the use of innovative new deployment techniques to minimise the impact on the environment and on local residents. Once deployed, the network will be made available to internet service providers to offer speeds of 1,000Mbps to businesses, public services, and residents.
Councillor Anthony Okereke said: “This is one of a number of innovative steps we are taking to ensure our residents and businesses have access to fast, reliable and affordable digital connectivity and to support the delivery of modern Council services. It underpins our ambition for our communities set out in ‘Our Greenwich’ and reinforces our position as a forward-thinking, innovative council.
“We’ve seen how digital exclusion restricts the ability of schools to support social mobility - undermining attempts to reduce the gap between rich and poor children. Digital connectivity is essential to earn and learn; to spend and save; to stay informed and connected; and to access health, welfare and other public services. Digital inclusion is a universal need."
Cllr Mariam Lolavar said: “Fast, reliable connectivity is vital to businesses, attracting investment, supporting innovation and improving services for local residents - particularly as many more people now rely on high speed broadband to work at home. Partnerships like these can really accelerate access to fast internet for both businesses and residents, but also give value back to communities."