City of London cuts time to get business online


September 19, 2016Colt Technology Services has significantly reduced the time and cost it takes to get London businesses not currently connected to its high speed network, online, cutting down the deployment process from months to mere weeks.

The world class network has worked closely with the City of London Corporation, local developers, telcos, landlords, legal firms and key trade associations, to create a standardised wayleave toolkit for London infrastructure build outs.

These legal documents, which grant special access to land or buildings for the deployment of new infrastructure, were previously complicated and costly, requiring a separate approach from each land or building owner. The templated approach now allows carriers like Colt to deliver digital infrastructure quicker and at lower cost to customers in London.

Colt is proud of its ongoing investment in London connectivity: in addition to the wayleave standardisation, Colt offers a month free trial through its 3 for Free programme in London to get businesses online even faster and easier, and is constantly adding new buildings to its network.

Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, Mark Boleat, commented: “Broadband is the lifeblood for successful firms so it is essential they have access to high-speed internet when they move in. Any efforts which reduce the time and cost in getting superfast broadband in the capital are a welcome step. It has been great to see so many interested parties pulling in the same direction to get this legal template agreed.”

Paul Terry, Senior Manager, External Operations Service Delivery at Colt, explained: “With the new agreement in place we are now able to connect our customers quicker than ever. High-quality, high-bandwidth connectivity is an essential part of business growth, and even holds the potential to provide improved connection standards that play a big part in making London the latest smart city. The standardised toolkit will reduce the deployment process exponentially, allowing our customers to reap the benefits of our best-in-class connection much quicker than before.”

The wayleave toolkit is available to access and use now, and covers fixed line networks. It will be promoted through London borough planning policies and may spread to other cities and regions if the scheme is successful.

Terry added: “It was great to work with the group, all with the same purpose of making sure customers get the best experience. London has always led the way, and thanks to the City of London Corporation, we are continuing the trend.”

For more information and to view the toolkit, click here.

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