Southwark council has recently agreed a deal with ISP Hyperoptic to extend their network to 53,000 council homes and 43,000 additional residential buildings in the London borough.
Hyperoptic is going to be connecting local businesses with around 1000 commercial properties in line to be connected. The deal with will extend network coverage of gigabit capable broadband to around 80% of the properties in Southwark.
As if this new development wasn’t enough, it appears that the final 20% of Southwark is going to be connected due to an arrangement with Community Fibre who will be deploying their services to 54,000 properties in the borough. Community Fibre has many similar agreements around the capital in Westminster, Richmond, Wandsworth, City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham and with Genesis Housing totalling 105,800 properties.
Community Fibre CEO Jeremy Chelot said: “We are delighted to be working with the Southwark Council to bring Gigabit services to properties in London. Southwark Council’s commitment has made it easy for Community Fibre to bring this expansion to reality, showcasing how an innovative approach from a local authority can help us to provide the best connectivity to meet residents’ needs. Community Fibre plans to bring full-fibre connections to more than 500’000 properties across London by 2022, providing more Londoners with the Internet they deserve at affordable prices.”
The new arrangement with Community Fibre will provide Southwark with some pro-bono broadband services to various local institutions such as school and libraries. The ISP has also promised to create local jobs as it sticks to its pledge of hiring locally for installation projects.