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London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled two new initiatives he claims will help the capital to become the best-connected city in Europe and boost affordable access to superfast connections for homes and small businesses.

Companies and property owners have been invited to register their interest to be a part of the city's first ever Connectivity Ratings Scheme, which will enable businesses to identify buildings that meet their connectivity needs and help incentivise landlords to improve standards.

Londoners will also be able to access the city's first ever interactive Connectivity Map, which will offer a snapshot of broadband connectivity in their area and information on demand from residents and businesses.

The hope is that broadband providers will be able to get a more accurate picture of where demand is highest and offer services accordingly.

Those who have opted into the city's Connectivity Ratings Scheme will then receive an alert telling them when new superfast services are available.

The measures link in with the existing London Infrastructure Plan 2050, which aims to bring affordable superfast connections to 99 per cent of the city's properties by 2018.

While London already has extensive and fast broadband connectivity, there are still parts of the city that are not able to access the broadband they need without installing a dedicated leased line, which can be very expensive.

Mr Johnson said: “The incredible excitement generated by London Technology Week is proving once-and-for-all that there is very little to match our great city when it comes to tech innovation, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit.

"By working to deliver world class affordable connectivity for everyone we are ensuring that London has the digital infrastructure in place to stay ahead of our competitors, allowing our tech sector to remain a crucial generator of jobs and growth.”

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