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More than 20,000 homes in the London Borough of Wandsworth are set to benefit from broadband speeds in excess of 1Gb, thanks to a new council project.

A fibre optic network currently being installed on the Savona Estate in north Battersea has registered download speeds of 1086Mbps in tests, which is 47 times faster than the UK average of 22.8Mbps.

Developed in conjunction with Community Fibre, the Gigafast fibre optic network is being made available to both council tenants and leaseholders within Thessaly House on the Savona Estate and will later be rolled out across Wandsworth Council’s entire housing stock, with more than 20,000 homes set to benefit.

In a departure from conventional broadband services, the Community Fibre Ltd project will charge residents £30 a month, for which they will receive some of the fastest speeds in the UK, with unlimited downloads.

Furthermore, there will be no line rental charge with each package, unlike the majority of major providers.

Wandsworth Council said it will be the first local authority in London to carry out such an extensive retrofit of its housing stock with a fibre optic network capable of delivering such high speeds.

"The speeds we’re seeing are absolutely incredible. This breakthrough infrastructure project means our council estate residents are on course for some of the fastest home broadband speeds in the entire country," explained Councillor Paul Ellis, cabinet member for housing.

"We’re on the brink of a tremendous achievement that could set a blueprint for other social and private landlords to follow."

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