Council seeks gigabit broadband supplier for borough flats

Published: Monday, 2 October 2023

The Council has announced they are seeking expressions of interest from broadband suppliers to help extend the benefits of gigabit-capable broadband connectivity to over 4,900 council-owned flats.

The UK Government’s target is for gigabit broadband to be available to 85 percent of the UK by 2025 and nationwide by 2030.

The Council are encouraging the roll-out of Fibre to the Premises, or ‘FTTP’, replacing the old copper broadband lines for faster and more reliable fibre cables.

Once the infrastructure has been installed, Havering residents in council-owned flats will be able to order an ultra-fast broadband connection giving download speeds of at least 300Mbps.

To support the roll-out, Havering Council is inviting full fibre providers to express an interest in installing their infrastructure in 596 council-owned blocks of flats, with a view to agreeing terms for wayleave agreements.

Wayleave agreements grant special access to land or buildings to install and manage new infrastructure.

Interested parties will be asked to submit detailed proposals for consideration prior to wayleave negotiations commencing.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said:

 “We are committed to making Havering a borough with first class connectivity for all, and welcome expressions of interest from fibre optic providers that will help to improve the infrastructure to our council-owned flats and benefit our residents living there.”

For more information, and to express an interest, please download the expression of interest pdf