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Digital Connectivity

There are a number of resources to help you access better digital connectivity in your business space

Standardised wayleave agreement

Camden has worked with the City of London Corporation and other partners in developing a new standardised wayleave template for central London. Taking input from local developers, landlords, ISPs, property managers, government, legal firms and key trade associations, the new tool should help make it quicker and cheaper to roll-out superfast broadband to buildings.

Wayleaves are legal agreements which grant special access to land or buildings to install or manage infrastructure. For example, this could include running a new fibre optic cable through a building. Agreements are needed with land and building owners, as well as affected tenants. In central London, this can often mean complicated negotiations with multiple parties, leading to frustrating delays. This new tool hopes to simplify the process.

The tools below will allow landlords and broadband providers to more quickly agree the details of access, installation and maintenance for network equipment in new and existing buildings. Using them should help you to get connected to better services more quickly:

Mayor’s Connectivity Rating Scheme

Since 2015 the Greater London Authority has run the Mayor’s Digital Connectivity Rating Scheme, delivered by Wired Score.

With the critical role of technology to commercial growth, businesses need clear information and intelligence when seeking new premises. The opt-in scheme rates the quality of digital connectivity in office spaces in London, and helps businesses find the information they need in advance of signing leases.

The project is also valuable for developers and landlords looking to market their properties. As the connectivity of buildings is now a major asset, the project enables them to better communicate their investment in digital infrastructure.

The certification scheme from Wired Score, already highly successful in the United States, provides an independent assessment of buildings’ connectivity. The project uses several metrics including: connectivity quality, infrastructure, and readiness, providing a benchmark against a single standard.

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