Some lucky Rotherhithe residents may finally be able to watch cat videos on YouTube with the rest of us thanks to a new partnership between BT and Southwark Council.
The area has always been a “challenging area” for good quality internet due to its industrial past and clunky, dated internet cables.
Only four roads in London have a worse internet speed than Russell Place, for example, while the News revealed last year that there is actually a better broadband connection on the Moon.
But now sixteen homes in Rotherhithe Street will benefit from a trial of a new type of broadband technology, which will improve their current internet speeds 20-fold.
Using small boxes called ‘remote nodes’ which can be placed in telephone poles or manholes, fibre-optic cables will be available much closer to residential homes than the current system, which sees cables stretching long distances, which lowers their strength.
Councillor Peter John, Southwark Council Leader, said: “Slow broadband speeds are a frustrating issue facing residents in Rotherhithe. The council has been working closely with BT to find ways to bring superfast broadband to Rotherhithe and it is welcome news that BT is trialling new technologies which might deliver superfast broadband to places that are harder to serve.”