London Mayor wants full-fibre broadband available to all new homes

Thursday 14 June 2018 | 11:01 CET | News

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a new initiative to make London the world's smartest city by using technology talent to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the city, such as digital connectivity, urban design and poor air quality. The announcement was made at the launch of the 2018 London Tech Week.

The 'Smarter London Together' roadmap outlines how the Mayor aims to help the city's public service exploit technology and data to improve the lives of residents. It includes more than 20 initiatives including the Civic Innovation Challenge, which will match technology start-ups with leading companies and public bodies to tackle problems. 

The plans also include a new approach to connectivity, including proposing planning powers for full-fibre connectivity to all new homes; working with councils and Transport for London (TfL) to roll out 4G using public buildings and existing physical infrastructure; and supporting bids for government funding to test 5G connectivity. The Roadmap also proposes greater data sharing between public services through the London Office of Data Analytics, which will receive a GBP 365,000 investment from the Mayor. It will also support the commission of a new generation of smart technology across the city, such as lamp posts with integrated air quality sensors, electric vehicle charging points, and publicly-accessible Wi-Fi. Khan is also proposing the development of a pan-London cyber security strategy involving new and existing bodies such as the London Cyber Innovation Centre and London Digital Security Centre.

Khan also used the launch of London Tech Week to publish research on London's artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem from CognitionX, which shows that the city is home to 758 AI companies, more than twice as many as its nearest rivals Paris and Berlin combined. Meanwhile, data collected by Pitchbook shows that UK technology companies have received more than GBP 5 billion in venture capital funding since the Brexit referendum, of which London attracted more than GBP 4 billion. 

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