London has been experiencing a resurgence of building activity and a lot of it is apartments, but not the drab tower blocks of fifty years ago, but a mixture of reasonable (for the London market) pricing through to those affordable by an exclusive few.
One thing in common has been the patchy nature of broadband coverage and The Guardian has highlighted one exclusive development where for the average £22m price you could be forgiven if you had expected superfast broadband. Of course there is a solution and property developers need to pay heed to what people like Hyperoptic are doing, i.e. not just bringing superfast but hyperfast speeds to developments (over 20,000 premises to date). There are others working to serve the MDU market (telco speak for multiple dwelling units) and even Openreach is able to offer solutions but the majority of time Openreach and Virgin Media stick to their standard one or two broadband options, i.e. FTTC or cable broadband.
One would have expected the larger than life London Mayor Boris Johnson to be trying to ensure that new buildings across the capital are built for a 21st century, in the same way that the 20th century saw the provision of indoor plumbing become the norm.
It will be interesting to see how the developer for One Hyde Park gets on with its negotiations about faster broadband for its building. While it is easy to point and shout at Openreach and how it is leaving holes in coverage in London and other cities, developers who were planning and constructing properties in the last five years if they have not provided decent broadband should receive as much of the blame.
Germany appears to be getting ready to catch up and race on past the UK, with its plan to rip-out VDSL in the cities and replace with FTTH, though having €20 billion of public money to do this does tend to help.