Slow broadband speeds

I remain concerned about the slow broadband in parts of Hackney. With more people working from home, I am pressing Openreach about the not-spots. The average download speed in London is 78.3 Mbps, however in Hackney Central it is as low as 47.4 Mbps, putting it in the worst 30 per cent of areas across the UK. Shoreditch is also in the worst 10 per cent of areas in the UK for people unable to receive good speeds.

I have spoken with BT Openreach (which is responsible for installing the infrastructure) to raise my concerns on why there are no current plans to install full fibre broadband to the premises in Hackney. They inform me there have been some issues regarding Wayleave agreements, which is the formal agreement between freeholders and their fibre providers. Please get in touch with my office if you are a leaseholder and have experienced any issues with your freeholder securing access to your property for fibre installation.

I am continuing to look into this matter, and working with BT Openreach to visit some of the worst affected broadband areas in the constituency, once lockdown restrictions have eased.