Wandsworth estates get Gigafast network

A fibre optic network now being installed on a council estate in north Battersea has clocked download speeds of 1086 Mb/s – almost 50 times faster than the UK average.

The Gigafast fibre optic network is about to be made available to council tenants and leaseholders within Thessaly House on the Savona Estate.

It will then be gradually installed across Wandsworth Council’s housing stock offering well over 20,000 homes access to the same broadband speeds. The network is being delivered by Community Fibre as part of a partnership deal with Wandsworth Council.

It will cost residents £30 a month to subscribe to the unlimited ‘gigabit per second’ service.

The Council say the scheme is set to be a major breakthrough for London’s broadband market, as Wandsworth will be the first major landlord to retrofit its housing stock on this scale and with a fibre optic network capable of delivering such high speeds.

Community Fibre will also be working with the council to identify estate households which currently have no internet connection so they can be offered an introductory package that will help them to get started on the web.

The new Thessaly House connection will be rolled out across the rest of the Savona estate later this year. The neighbouring Patmore and Carey Gardens estates will be next, followed by other council estates in Battersea.

As the estate based networks are established there will be potential for then to grow out across the surrounding areas. This could significantly reduce the time it takes for Gigafast services to become available borough-wide, say the council.

Cllr Paul Ellis, cabinet member for housing, said: “The speeds we’re seeing are absolutely incredible. This breakthrough infrastructure project means our council estate residents are on course for some of the fastest home broadband speeds in the entire country. We’re on the brink of a tremendous achievement that could set a blueprint for other social and private landlords to follow.

“It will mean our tenants and leaseholders have access to all the benefits of an incredibly fast and reliable broadband connection which will far exceed the speeds of existing services. It’s particularly important for anyone with high data demands like the many local people who work from home or run their own business.

“Our ultimate goal is to see a network of this speed rolled out right across the borough and I encourage local residents to help us demonstrate the business case for this type of investment by completing our home broadband survey.”


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