More homes get ‘Gigafast’ broadband

Published: Thursday 28th September 17

More people living on estates in Battersea, Wandsworth and Roehampton are getting the chance to sign up for broadband offering some of the fastest connection speeds in London.

Testing broadband speeds in Battersea

Wandsworth is the borough with the largest number of full fibre-enabled homes in the Capital, and the target is to make the service available to more than 10,000 properties by the end of the year. 

Wandsworth is working with a company called Community Fibre Ltd to install its ‘Gigafast’ broadband  in council-managed blocks. So far more than 5,500 homes across the Savona, Patmore, Carey Gardens, Doddington, Kambala, Rollo and Surrey Lane estates have the capacity to access the service.

This week the council announced that  properties on the Winstanley and York Road estates, St James Grove and the Ashburton, Wendlesworth, Arndale, William Willison and Alton estates will be next in line. Work will be carried out over the next few months.

The Gigafast service has clocked download speeds of over 1,000 megabits per second (Mbit/s) – around 47 times faster than the UK average of 22.8Mbit/s (Ofcom figure). It uses optical fibre cables installed directly into people’s homes, rather than the old copper technology.

Longer term the council’s partnership with Community Fibre Ltd aims to offer over 20,000 homes access to the Gigafast network over the next few years.

Using Gigafast broadband means that families are able to download films, music and browse on multiple devices at the same time with no drop in performance.

Equally, those who work or study from home could benefit from increased internet speeds and better accessibility.

The Gigafast service costs residents £50 a month to subscribe to the unlimited ‘gigabit per second’ speeds. Other packages are also available for residents that do not need a full speed service. Customers don’t have to pay a line rental charge as with other providers, and downloads are unlimited.

The council’s housing spokesman Claire Salier said: “Ultrafast broadband means residents on our estates will be able to use multiple device, easily work from home or run a small business, stream as much media as they want and truly make the most of fast online access.

“I’m delighted that our partnership with Community Fibre has already connected so many homes, and I would urge residents on the next wave of estates to find out what this service could offer them.”

To find out more or sign up for Gigafast broadband in your home visit the Community Fibre website.

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1 October 2017

So how can I find if out area will get this service? it has been years our old building has no fast internet! Balham and tooting need upgrading!

1 October 2017

All very good, but shouldn't the money be spent upgrading the many areas where internet speeds are woefully substandard? Just off Trinity Rd here we are lucky to get 3 Mbps and many hours spent complaining to help desks located in India (and rebooting/re-siting my router at their request!) have achieved nothing. Sometimes we can't even load the google search home page!

29 September 2017

On their website, price is £50 not £40 per month...

29 September 2017

How about getting the rest of us access to these super fast speeds? Balham exchange is clogged and it took me months to get onto a fibre connection so I can work remotely. The money certainly could have been invested into improving the infrastructure so we could all benefit. People need subsidised housing in London or in special circumstances but they certainly don't need internet at these speeds just to surf the net or watch Netflix..

29 September 2017

What about the rest of us? I live in Queenstown Road and my mobile reception and broadband reliability is pretty bad.
Jane Heany

29 September 2017

This good news of gigabite connection to council residients is the most exciting herald of the year for residents. Watch out for house prices, excalating!!!!!
Zehaie Isaac

29 September 2017

And who will be paying for this - Full Council Tax payers ??

29 September 2017

Will there be controls in place to prevent people from accessing the dark web and other sites suh as those that which promulgate pornography and terrorism?
L Cross

29 September 2017