Better broadband for Southwark

We’re committed to being a digitally inclusive borough and making sure all residents have access to the digital tools they need to live and work. Access to high speed broadband is an important part of our Fairer Future promise to build a strong local economy for everyone.

While much of the borough enjoys access to fast broadband, some areas of SE16, especially Rotherhithe, are much slower. We’re working with service providers to encourage them to install superfast broadband across the whole borough.

The council is working with broadband providers, as well as the Mayor of London and central Government, to improve broadband speeds in Rotherhithe and across the borough. Southwark’s Cabinet has approved a number of reports setting out the council’s approach for the improvement of broadband infrastructure in Rotherhithe. The most recent report was agreed in October 2017 and is available here. The council is also continuing to work closely with the Rotherhithe Broadband Group and consulting with residents. We recently carried out a resident survey on broadband experience, the results of which will be available soon.

Rooftop wireless aerials

As part of the council’s work to improve broadband speeds and ensure Southwark is a digitally inclusive borough, agreements are being signed with network operators to install wireless aerials on the rooftops of council-owned buildings. The purpose of these aerials is to improve connectivity, network coverage and mobile phone signal throughout Southwark.

The roll out of these aerials will begin in mid November 2017, with all installations due to be completed by mid March 2018. A list of residential blocks affected, the timetable of works and frequently asked questions about rooftop wireless aerials can be found in the next section

Useful information


Page last updated: 12 January 2018