2019 kicked into full swing in Havering as Havering Council announced the securing of £800k, as part of the Local London Partnership, to be used to improve digital connectivity in the Rainham area. The money was secured through the London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot.

The Council have claimed that the new fibre connection will provide a world class infrastructure and could be used to help manage transport, traffic planning, community safety and environmental monitoring.

Havering Council have also anticipated that the introduction of this digital infrastructure will help stimulate additional investment by the private sector, allowing for a greater connectivity for businesses within the Rainham area.

Through the introduction of new ultrafast (gigabit) broadband capable infrastructure, it will improve the financial case for suppliers to expand networks into this part of the borough and serve new business clusters.

This runs alongside the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Gigabit voucher scheme. The voucher is worth £2,500 and can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a Gigabit connection.

The programme of works is scheduled to begin in April 2019.