Zen Internet started at the local pub way back in 1995… two brothers and one big idea, to do something with ‘that internet’. Nearly 25 years later, they are the UK’s leading independent broadband provider… and we also look after thousands of businesses too. Not bad for an idea over a pint!
Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently published his 2020 Spending Review and kicked off the new £5bn UK Gigabit Broadband Programme. Even though the promise of full-fiber is great for 85% of the population by 2025, it’s imperative it’s delivered, so the whole country has access to it.
To help accomplish that, Zen has focused on full-fibre for 2021 and upgraded its core network. Paul Stobart, CEO, Zen Internet, the UK’s largest independent telecommunications and technology service provider, joins me on the Tech Talks Daily Podcast.
Paul has been in the technology industry for over 20 years, 16 of those years being in CEO positions at Sage (business software), CPP (financial services), and Tunstall Healthcare (healthcare technology), and has developed a strong belief that having inspired people inside a business will deliver superior financial returns.
We discuss why full-fibre is key to the growth of the UK in 2021 for businesses and what other tech investing in full-fibre enables for companies. Paul also shares how Zen is investing in its core network to allow every customer to access full-fibre and why he left a multi-national company like Sage, where he grew the company from £120m turnover to £1.3bn, to join Zen.
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