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Boris Johnson is aiming to ensure 99 per cent of homes and businesses in the capital have super-fast broadband by 2018.

The Mayor of London has met with some of the UK's largest broadband providers - including BT, Virgin Media and O2 - in a bid to devise a strategy for increasing fibre coverage in the city, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

According to Ofcom estimates, around nine out of ten London premises have access to super-fast broadband, but Mr Johnson wants to see the connectivity gaps bridged.

He claimed that around 6,500 premises lie in super-fast broadband 'not-spots', some of which do not even offer basic broadband services.

"The internet is now considered the fourth utility and if we are to remain competitive in the global economy and bolster our reputation as the greatest city on earth we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity," the Mayor stated.

He said that, by bringing together "the great and good of the digital community", a commitment has been made to ensure London has the infrastructure in place to stay ahead of its competitors.

Mr Johnson added that businesses and residents across the capital must be given the opportunity to take "full advantage" of the benefits of super-fast broadband.

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