BeFibre and Digital Infrastructure Welcome Paul Doyle as New CEO Amidst FTTP Expansion

In a significant move to bolster their growth trajectory, BeFibre and Digital Infrastructure have appointed Paul Doyle as their new CEO. With an extensive background in telecommunications spanning over 40 years, including a prominent role at Ireland’s leading telco, eir Ireland, Doyle brings a wealth of experience in value creation and strategic transformation to his new position. Prior to joining BeFibre and Digital Infrastructure, he had been advising progressive technology businesses as a non-executive director since 2018.

This development coincides with the expansive nationwide rollout strategy of BeFibre and Digital Infrastructure for Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connectivity. The companies have swiftly transitioned from ambitious startups to established players in the UK connectivity market. BeFibre is now providing broadband services in over 30 towns and cities across the country, while Digital Infrastructure is progressing towards deploying a fully designed infrastructure to serve 400,000 premises, with a significant portion already prepared for connection.

The ambitious growth plan is fortified by an initial £100 million of private investment from Basalt Infrastructure Partners. Anticipations are high, with the current build areas expected to double by the end of 2023, reaching a rollout figure of 60 locations this year alone.

Paul Doyle expressed his commitment to driving growth ambitions and emphasized the increasing demand for high-speed broadband in the UK, particularly in underserved regions. BeFibre aims to empower consumers with a future-ready network that guarantees the necessary speeds at an affordable price point.

Louise Elliott, the Chief Customer and Operations Officer at BeFibre and Digital Infrastructure, highlighted the pivotal moment in their rollout strategy with Doyle’s appointment. Beyond expanding their nationwide rollout for better broadband, they are deeply engaging with the communities they serve. This includes sponsorships for local initiatives like grassroots football teams, supporting schools with equipment, and actively participating in charity initiatives. This localized approach enables them to gain invaluable insights into local infrastructure, demographics, and unique challenges faced by residents.

Numerous project areas, including Clowne, Worcester, Brightlingsea, and Skelmersdale, are already witnessing substantial progress in the build phase. Further announcements of project areas are anticipated to be made by the end of the year, reaffirming their commitment to widespread connectivity enhancement across the UK.

Jonny Rae

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