G.Network’s Corporate Sales Manager, Sammy Wilson.
How the expansion of our full fibre network is boosting the London economy and enabling London businesses to unlock their full potential.
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the UK economy dramatically. GDP declined by 9.8% in 2020, the biggest drop since consistent records began in 1948 (Source: UK Parliament ‘Coronavirus: Economic impact’ briefing). For central London, the economic downturn has been significant. The sudden reduction in footfall driven by home-working and unprecedented restrictions on travel, retail, hospitality and tourism has devastated the capital’s economy and most businesses have suffered. As government restrictions ease, we understand how crucial it is for businesses to have the right support in place and the foundation to succeed when they return to the city.
G.Network’s mission is to rebuild London’s broadband from the fibre up. We want to bring faster, more reliable and more affordable connectivity to Londoners. The current congested copper wire network is no longer fit for purpose, which is why we’re building a brand new, 100% fibre network. Following a £1bn investment in December 2020, we’re rapidly expanding our network from central London to over 80% of 13 London boroughs. This expansion has never been more important than in the current climate. The pandemic has driven an increase in technology adoption like nothing else before and businesses have had to adapt and digitise in order to survive.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan recognises the importance of fibre infrastructure to the city’s productivity and said “additional investment [from G.Network] is great news for our city and will mean new jobs in infrastructure and faster internet speeds for Londoners at home and at work. At a time when so many are reliant on good connectivity, we’re encouraging more investment in full fibre.”
G.Network’s infrastructure enables businesses to utilise data-hungry services and cloud-based applications without limits. It’s the ideal platform for digital innovation and long term growth as it’s future proofed for decades to come.
G.Network CEO, Sasho Veselinski believes full fibre will fundamentally change the way business is done: “We have all learned in the last year that great connectivity brings flexibility. With the right flexibility, we will all be able to rethink how, when and where we work. But the critical enabler of this is a dense citywide full fibre network, and that is what the G.Network project unlocks for London.”
Customer feedback has been excellent and full fibre connectivity and the personalised experience of working with the G.Network team is having a significant impact on businesses. One such customer is SameDayDoctor, who provide an advanced private walk-in primary care service at four clinics across the UK. Dr. Gerlis reached out to G.Network as his clinic’s connectivity needs were not being met by their previous provider. Within five working days, our Gigabit broadband connection was fully installed, enabling doctors and supporting staff to complete their vital work without lagging, latency, or file corruption.
“The team were really efficient” commented Dr. Gerlis. “… they just got on with it. In my experience it’s unusual for a service to just work like this. Since G.Network came along, my broadband has worked beautifully.”
We believe all businesses should have access to an ultrafast and reliable network and not be limited by sub-standard connectivity. We offer business tariffs from 100 Mbps up to 10 Gbps with prices on a par with existing copper-fibre broadband and much less than fibre leased lines. There are also no mid contract price rises to protect our customers from unexpected costs.
If you want to find out more about 100% full fibre connectivity then call us on 0800 033 4003
In March 2020 we launched our first ever Apprenticeship programme, taking on apprentices within our Field Engineering department. Over the last 11 months our apprentices have completed 12 industry standard qualifications and worked across each of our engineering disciplines. Each apprentice has a mentor and a buddy to support them on their journey as they move closer to becoming fully qualified, cross-trained engineers.
It’s been a challenging period for them all, having to learn new skills, whilst also being key workers that deliver an essential service by rebuilding London’s broadband. Despite these challenges, the programme has been a great success and our apprentices have already been critical in delivering full fibre to thousands of homes and businesses.
Here’s what they have to say about the programme:
‘Everything we do is exciting and interesting, whether in the field or not, but what I really like about the apprenticeship is that the people leading it really care about it and invest in us… I would highly recommend the G.Network apprenticeship because it is a great opportunity to evolve and become a great engineer, also a great opportunity to get a stable and well paid job.’ Daniel Visan
‘I have had the opportunity to work alongside industry experts who have taught me a great deal of knowledge and developed my skill set across various engineering departments. G Network is a vibrant, upbeat company with clear vision into the future with excellent growth opportunities for all, support structure and friendly team members there to help you.’ Mo Ali
Our apprentices are hungry to learn, keen to develop and have added huge value to our Field Engineering department. We’re developing the next generation of G.Network engineers and we couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve achieved so far.
G.Network will upgrade over 80% of residents and businesses in 13 of London’s boroughs to full fibre broadband.
Tariffs that are the same price as non-fibre and leased lines connections.
Full fibre broadband available to all premises G.Network passes.
G.Network is supporting the £13bn boost to UK GDP by 2025 from the rollout of gigabit broadband to London
Monday 11th January 2021.
As many as 82% of premises in the capital are still using copper connections for their broadband. G.Network is planning to undertake one of the biggest infrastructure projects in London, making full fibre connections available for everyone and future-proofing London’s broadband for years to come.
The benefits for businesses and residents are significant. Customers able to get ultrafast, reliable broadband, far superior to old copper connections, for a similar price. With G.Network connections, residents can get up to 900 Mbps while businesses can get up to 10 Gbps. That’s over 13 times the average broadband speed Londoners are receiving today.
Fibre broadband packages can deliver symmetrical download and upload speeds, as well as other package benefits, such as an enterprise managed router and internet telephony services.
According to the Internet Association, the full rollout of gigabit broadband across the UK would provide a boost to the economy of 0.7 percent of GDP by 2025, the equivalent of over £13bn, or an extra £217 per person a year. G.Network is doing its part to support this with affordable, ultrafast broadband for London. Tariffs start from £22pm competing directly with existing copper connections.
Douglas Grierson, G.Network Sales and Marketing Director said, “Now more than ever there’s a need for ultrafast, reliable broadband. Our rollout programme will connect 1.4m premises in London and give residents and businesses access to speeds they’ve never been able to experience before.
It’s important for London that consumers get access to 100% full fibre broadband, and not compromise with part copper, part fibre connections that are sometimes referred to as ‘fibre’.
We’re always on the lookout for great people to help rebuild London. If you’re looking to build your career then find out more at www.g.network/careers
G.Network plans to roll out full fibre broadband to 1.4 million premises, reaching 13 London Boroughs over the next 5 years
The rollout is expected to create more than 1,250 new jobs.
Around 4,500 km of streets to be dug.
One of the biggest infrastructure projects in London.
Monday 14th December 2020.
Full fibre broadband operator, G.Network, plans to invest over £1bn in rolling out connectivity in London following a successful fundraise. The fundraise includes a new equity investment by USS, the UK’s largest private pension scheme by way of assets, of up to £295m over 6 years; as well as debt secured from four banks of up to £745m, contingent on passing certain milestones.
G.Network digs streets to install brand new, state-of-the-art, contiguous full fibre broadband infrastructure in the capital, offering both residential and business customers ultra-fast speeds.
The network is ‘Open Access’, this means that other providers can offer connections to their customers using G.Network infrastructure in future. G.Network is currently working with eight local authorities and will bring its rollout to a further five, aiming to connect at least 80% of premises in each.
In the next five years, G.Network plans to dig around 4,500km of streets, reaching approximately 1.4 million London premises, including many in underserved areas. The rollout is expected to create more than 1,250 new jobs, in addition to the c.a. 250 staff already employed by the Company, whilst bringing competitively-priced high speed broadband to residents and businesses
Commenting on the investment, Sasho Veselinski, G.Network Chief Executive Officer, said, “High speed, reliable connectivity is critical to the home and work lives of Londoners. That’s why G.Network is undertaking a fundamental upgrade of the capital’s telecoms infrastructure from copper to fibre. We are rebuilding London’s broadband from the fibre up, bringing first-class connectivity to residents and businesses without expecting them to pay more. We’re very pleased to be working with USS, Cube and our banking partners on this project, and look forward to many years of successful partnership.”
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Oliver Dowden said, “This fantastic investment in our capital is a welcome boost to the government’s national mission to revolutionise Britain’s digital infrastructure. It will give London a much-needed helping hand as we race to build back better from the impact of Covid and upgrade broadband speeds for well over a million premises while also creating hundreds of new jobs.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This additional investment is great news for our city and will mean new jobs in infrastructure and faster internet speeds for Londoners at home and at work. At a time when so many are reliant on good connectivity, we’re encouraging more investment in full fibre by working with London’s 32 boroughs and TfL to provide better access across the capital.”
USS Investment Management CEO, Simon Pilcher, said: “This transaction is the latest in a series of new investments by USS in the UK, highlighting our commitment to long-term domestic investment particularly where we can identify supportive regulatory and Government policy. We look forward to partnering with the G.Network management team and Cube to provide Londoners with the first class fibre network they need whilst generating long-term returns to provide a better financial future for our members.”
Cube Managing Partner, Henri Piganeau, said: “We are known as pioneers among infrastructure funds for investing early in fibre open-access networks, long before fibre became the “fourth utility” and have over the last decade accompanied the growth of several European infrastructure operators. G.Network represents a compelling proposition for the enormous number of businesses and residents in London, who are chronically under-served by existing connectivity infrastructure. The partnership with USS will allow accelerating the growth of the Company into becoming the open-access network for Central London, serving all telecom operators”.
We’re always on the lookout for great people to help rebuild London’s broadband. If you’re looking to build your career then find out more at www.g.network/careers