Glide – next generation broadband for PBSA

Glide is the first student broadband specialist to offer gigabit services to purpose built student accommodation (PBSA), meaning 350,000 students across the UK could benefit

Since 2010, we have been busy building the Glide National Network. The network has grown massively in the last few years, but we’re aiming higher. We’re tripling our capacity to deliver a 10x speed boost and it means we’ll be in more locations than ever

Owning and controlling both the smart infrastructure installed on site and the physical Glide National Network ensures we can deliver our new gigabit service.

There has been record levels of investment in UK student accommodation. These new facilities occupy great locations and feature hotel-type amenities and easy transport links to campus. Glide Gigabit presents a unique opportunity for UK operators to leap ahead of the competition with the right brand of best-in-class student broadband.

Dependency on fast, reliable, pervasive and high-speed Wi-Fi will only increase as students demand higher bandwidth as entertainment services, like 8K streaming and virtual reality gaming, become mainstream and local services migrate into the cloud. Glide Gigabit empowers students to take advantage of the latest consumer technology and explore high bandwidth learning and research without limitations.

Operators need future-proofing

Modern PBSA should not just deliver spaces to sleep in – they should be environments that inspire and enhance the lifestyle of the student.

Students raised on smartphones depend on technology. 73% of students rank high-speed internet as the most important feature of their accommodation. In this competitive new market, Glide Gigabit is the perfect way for operators to differentiate their properties and maintain 100% occupancy and profitability.

On a typical day, student accommodation handles hundreds of thousands of connected user devices. By making building connectivity and infrastructure future-proof, student accommodation developers and building operators can meet their objective – they can continue to be at the forefront of constantly shifting technologies. The UK student population is increasingly more international, with students arriving with very different expectations. Importantly, Gigabit broadband matches the best broadband speeds across the globe.

Appropriate connectivity and infrastructure need to be installed not only to support Wi-Fi dependent students but increasingly to support data gathering and operational analysis in the cloud.

Student Wi-Fi without limits

As early-adopters of technology, students are the strongest indicator of what is expected of technology in the future. If the establishment doesn’t start to evolve, they will miss out on the next generation of student bookings and applications.

To download an 8K movie on a gigabit connection would take just over an hour. A two-gigabyte HD movie would take just 16 seconds. Glide Gigabit ensures student broadband expectations are met for the foreseeable future.

But a gigabit connection is not only about faster download speeds for leisure activities – many university courses require students to have access to superfast internet in order to stream lectures and to upload and transfer large files.

Glide National Network

Glide’s innovative and cost-effective approach to delivering Wi-Fi across the UK using our own fibre network means more ownership and more control and freedom to deliver almost limitless speed like Glide Gigabit. New customers benefit from established, robust infrastructure with comprehensive UK coverage. Chances are, any a new site is going to be close to the Glide National Network. Meri Braziel, chief operating officer for Glide Group, say: “Glide Gigabit is the gold standard for delivering hyper-fast, full fibre to students living and studying in the UK. We are proud to provide best in class service and support the leaders of the future – they deserve nothing less.”

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