G.Network and Hackney Council have signed a ‘City Wide Wayleave’, paving the way for the operator to install across public housing in the borough.
Under the terms of the agreement, G.Network will install state-of-the-art ‘full fibre’ broadband to cover at least 80% of Hackney Council housing in the next three years. The two organisations are now collaborating on a rollout plan.
G.Network is in negotiations with a number of other councils about signing similar agreements.
According to recent figures from industry regulators Ofcom, only 32% of Hackney premises can access a full fibre connection.
“G.Network is already able to connect over 30,000 premises in Hackney to our full fibre broadband,” commented G.Network CEO Kevin Murphy, “and we’re looking forward to rapidly increasing that figure now we have an agreement in place with the Council. Across London, so many residents are still reliant on outdated broadband connections. We’re delighted to be bringing better connectivity to Hackney.”
Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation, said: “With much of our everyday life now online it is important that our residents have access to good and reliable broadband services.
“Our Better Broadband initiative sees us working with G.Network and others to roll out full fibre broadband to at least 80 percent of Hackney Council homes over the next three years.
The programme also provides additional benefits including providers offering apprenticeships and job opportunities to residents, training for those wanting to enhance their digital skills, free fast broadband connections to a number of community facilities, and targeted discounts to some residents who are in financial hardship and are digitally excluded.
“We are delighted to be working with G.Network to help break down the barriers our residents may face accessing full fibre broadband and in learning new skills that will equip them for life.”
Initial works will start in summer 2022.
G.Network’s recently appointed CEO Kevin Murphy will be speaking at this year’s Connected Britain, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London on 20th and 21st September. To find out more, head to the event website.