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Boosting London’s digital connectivity

Our economic development plan, London 2036: an agenda for jobs and growth, highlighted the importance of high-speed, affordable and resilient digital infrastructure in the capital. The Mayor took advantage of the recent London Technology Week to launch two new initiatives on broadband.

First, the Mayor announced that businesses and property owners can now register their interest to be part of a new voluntary Connectivity Ratings Scheme – ahead of its formal launch later this year.

The Connectivity Ratings Scheme will be delivered by WiredScore, an advisory organization that manages and operates the Wired Certification programme. Originally launched in 2013 in New York City in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg, the programme certifies the quality of Internet connectivity in commercial buildings, creating transparency for tenants looking for space and marketing potential for landlords.

Using metrics like quality, infrastructure, and readiness, WiredScore assesses a building’s broadband capabilities. It will allow property managers to receive a technical assessment by an engineer into the connectivity in their buildings. They will then advise on improvements and provide either a gold, silver or bronze rating.  The rating can then be listed on a searchable property directory.

To date:

  • WiredScore has certified the connectivity of over 375 commercial buildings across US, comprising of over 150 million square feet
  • Buildings Certified in 30 cities across the US
  • Participating landlords include international owners such as Hines, Beacon Capital, and

Brookfield in addition to prominent US national players such as SL Green, Jamestown, Paramount, Empire State Realty Trust, and JP Morgan.

If you would like to know more about the scheme please contact arie@wiredscore.com or visit WiredScore.London

Second, the Mayor also launched a new interactive Connectivity Map. As well as being able to see connectivity in their area, this will allow residents and businesses to register their interest for faster broadband services.

The map will show demand from residents and businesses and enable the capital’s 500 broadband providers to see where there is demand, as well as encourage new providers to target under-served areas. When providers deliver new superfast services to an area, people who have opted in will receive an alert that new services are available.

Contact David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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