BDR Group has been named City Champion for Coventry for its work to drive the uptake of full fibre connectivity across the Midlands city.
The Warwickshire-based IT & Telecoms specialist was honoured with the title by CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform.
BDR already works with many businesses in the city and surrounding area. This move by CityFibre underlines the BDR Group’s commitment to drive the uptake of full fibre internet connectivity by as many operations as possible across the region.
The Government-backed plan is that 85% of homes and businesses nationwide should have full fibre connectivity by 2025. Currently most UK broadband is supplied over the old copper network rather than speeder and more efficient fibre optic lines.
The economic boost for Coventry alone from the full fibre rollout is expected to top around £640m over the next 15 years*.
“Our new partnership with CityFibre proves our dedication to offering the best-possible connectivity services to our existing and future customers in Coventry. As the Government’s deadline to reach 85% of homes and businesses by 2025 approaches, we’re looking forward to the challenge and educating Coventry-based operations about the benefits of CityFibre’s services,” Malek Rahimi, MD, BDR Group.
Andrew Wilson, Head of Wholesale for CityFibre, said: “I’m delighted to welcome BDR as a City Champion partner in Coventry, which is one of the most exciting cities that CityFibre continues to invest in building our world-class full fibre infrastructure within. A key part of helping local businesses to take advantage of this future-proof, Gigabit capable connectivity is working in close partnership with true local champions like BDR who have strong and well-established reputation, and who also recognise the impact our full fibre rollout is making to businesses and the wider community. BDR have shown a passion for wanting to be at the heart of driving this digital revolution in their city.”
“The economic impact of full fibre availability in Coventry alone is over £600m, taking into account benefits for domestic and industrial applications, as well was potential revenue from 5G innovation. At BDR, we want to maximise the economic potential of the area and support our customers in realising their digital transformation strategies, for which full fibre connectivity will become increasingly essential,” Paul McCafferty, Sales Director, BDR Group.
In the coming months BDR Group will launch education campaigns across the city, supported by CityFibre, to inform businesses of the benefits of full-fibre connectivity and provide professional deployment, activation and support services to customers.
BDR Group, founded in 1991 and based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, is an award-winning IT and Telecoms provider, supplying connectivity, voice, data and energy services throughout the UK and Europe. BDR Group also manages national technical and building solutions, as well as large technology rollouts for major retail brands around the world.
Guided by family values, BDR strives for excellence on behalf of its customers, employees and partners, ultimately delivering cutting-edge services and technology to businesses and public sector operations, combined with industry-leading customer support.
CityFibre is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, CityFibre provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators.
CityFibre has network rollouts underway with plans to pass up to 8 million homes and businesses with open-access full fibre infrastructure. A growing number of Gigabit City projects have been announced for full-city rollouts and CityFibre continues to prime its existing network assets for expansion.
CityFibre is based in London and is jointly controlled by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners.
* Regeneris report: ‘Economic Impact of full fibre infrastructure in 100 towns and cities 2018’