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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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Improving digital connections to make London a Smart City

The capital is poorly served when it comes to digital connectivity, suffering from ‘not-spots’ or ‘digital deserts’ due to a lack of fibre connections and poor 4G coverage.

In its 2017 report, “Digital Connectivity in London” (1}, the Regeneration Committee found that London’s economic productivity and international competitiveness face a significant threat from this deficiency.

  • For 4G coverage, London ranks in the bottom 5 UK cities with only 73.6 per cent.
  • London ranked 30th out of 63 cities across the UK for high speed broadband coverage.
  • In Spain 83 per cent of all its buildings are connected to pure fibre. In the UK the figure is just 3 per cent or even less.

Before the Mayor launches his Smart London Plan in June 2018, the Regeneration Committee will hold a discussion on making London a Smart City, and how to improve Digital Connectivity within the Capital in general.

The following areas will be of particular interest: 

  • Digital connectivity - connectivity is now a well known issue that needs to be addressed.
  • Smart cities - the impact of 'smart urbanism' and implementation of smart city technologies.
  • Piloting innovative approaches as the Mayor looks to regenerate Old Oak Common and Park Royal through the OPDC. 

The following guests will answer questions:

  • Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, GLA
  • Dr Stephen Lorimer, Smart City Policy and Delivery Officer, GLA
  • Dr Katherine Willis, Associate Professor, University of Plymouth

 The meeting will take place on Tuesday 6 February at 10:00am in Committee Room 5

at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Notes for Editors:

1                    Digital Connectivity in London report

2                    London Assembly Regeneration Committee

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