Andy Furnell (Zen Internet)
We think the future is ultrafast. Since 1995, Zen Internet has been at the forefront of the UK Internet’s evolutions. And right now, we see no slowdown in increasingly complex, data hungry applications that rely on fast robust connectivity. Whether this is businesses migrating to cloud computing and hosted voice or consumers’ depending on connectivity to underpin smart homes and a fundamentally connected life. The last year has seen 40% growth in peak average internet traffic. The networks upon which our lives and businesses increasingly rely have never been so important. Performance issues or drops in service – can take an axe to a company’s profits or ruin an evening of catch-up TV! That’s why we think ultrafast, ultra-reliable networks are the future, and it’s why we built one – in just six months. Andy will detail why we decided that a major network upgrade was necessary for both Zen’s customers and partners, and how we built a next-generation network – from scratch – in ultrafast time. He’ll talk about Zen’s simultaneous on-net rollout, and how an ambitious programme of Local Loop Unbundling has given us the fifth largest network in the UK. He’ll put it all together to explain why networks need to be fit for a data hungry future.