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London Chamber of Commerce & Industry manifesto,

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Following the recommendations within the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) manifesto, how will you collaborate with boroughs to achieve swifter roll-out of the 5G network?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In my manifesto, I pledged to improve connectivity in London. In 2017, I appointed London’s first Chief Digital Officer and set up the Connected London team within the GLA to work with the boroughs to share best practice and guidance for collaborating with connectivity providers and mobile operators. This has included launching a new standard agreement to help commercial landlords and public property owners address poor areas of mobile phone coverage.

I am committed to ensuring that London has the resources it needs digital connectivity and have recently provided £1m in funding for sub-regional borough partners to recruit into roles supporting the roll out of full fibre and 5G.

I have met with some of the digital providers and heard first-hand about their plans to continue roll out across London as technology develops. My team will continue to support providers and operators to roll out future facing infrastructure.  I am pleased to see that all four mobile operators have launched 5G services in London and welcome further investment in our city to bring our residents and businesses the connectivity they deserve.