[This is part 5 of an 8-part series reviewing the 2015 shortlist – Ed]
Since 2011 the history of the Urban Networks Award illustrates two things: how new connectivity providers have entered the market and how far customer expectations have grown.
The 2014 winner was Virtual 1 for their wholesale London network and sharing joint second place were City Fibre and ITS Solutions
This year’ shortlist again highlights connectivity for businesses – where (relative to households) the demands for future proofing are more intense and where shifts in costs (downwards) and revenues (upwards) are transforming investment models.
The five 2015 Shortlisted Finalists are:
CityFibre back again with Peterborough: Gigabit City – a project that has a ‘business first’ plan.
Metronet (UK) Limited – with a wide range of advanced hybrid wired and wireless Internet services for businesses.
MS3 Networks Limited with Fibre to the Business in Hull
Venus with Superconnected Busworks, London
Genesis Technical Systems with faster ‘superfast’ broadband for WarwickNet and its business customers
All the shortlisted contenders will be reviewed by the independent judging panel during September. The winners will be announced at a dinner in the House of Lords following the NextGen 15 event on November 5th.
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