Student accommodation, Build-to-Rent & business fibre broadband specialist Glide, expands into Europe.

With over 25 years at the forefront of UK Wi-Fi and fibre broadband, Glide deliver high-speed, reliable and fully managed Wi-Fi to universities, property developers, landlords and businesses. Glide's expansion into Europe is a result of demand from leading UK Student Accommodation providers operating on the continent.

UK Student Accommodation has seen record levels of investment, providing Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in major cities with great locations, amenities and easy access to universities. In contrast, the sector is still developing across continental Europe but with higher education becoming a global business and international students expected to reach 7 million by 2020, Glide is well positioned to provide the next generation of fibre-fast broadband and Wi-Fi across Europe.

With new entrants looking to secure market share in Europe and with ambitions to differentiate their accommodation with enriched spaces, amazing learning environments and peace-of-mind for students away from home, Wi-Fi is often regarded as more important than the quality of the university course or the location of the residence. Glide has been a popular choice for UK operators expanding across Europe and in a few short years has achieved distribution of services across a wide range of the best university cities. In 2009, one of Europe’s premier Purpose Build Student Accommodation (PBSA) was opened in Amsterdam - The Student Hotel - with a Glide managed service designed to provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, reduce cost and space requirements and future proof the building. The Student Hotel plans to have 41 properties in European cities by 2021 all enhanced with first class Wi-Fi from Glide.

Glide have learned from their partners, notably The Class of 2020 and listened to customers and investors to understand how best to support operators and residents in Europe. Understanding how the UK model relates to emerging markets in Europe is crucial. From a strategic point of view every stakeholder agrees that fast reliable internet access is the keystone technology for resident experience. With more than 1,100 pieces of EU green legislation, European developers are ahead of the game in terms of how technology can create zero-carbon buildings and massive operational savings. This technology all relies on robust and resilient networking infrastructure and Wi-Fi. A Glide Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ creates a seamless learning and living environment for students, while reducing the operational costs involved in running the accommodation.

“We are delighted to welcome Glide as a full partner in the European community of The Class of 2020,” said Jorick Beijer, Director, The Class of 2020. “As technology is a great shaper of the ultimate student experience, it makes perfect sense to me that Glide is now joining. I’m looking forward to jointly exploring how the next generation of smart infrastructures will shape the student halls of 2020.”

Tim Pilcher, CEO, Glide, said: “Glide has been serving its customers in Europe for 5 years. To continue to serve our ever-growing customer base our operation had to move into Europe. We are passionate about creating a great customer experience with our super-fast Wi-Fi and Smart enabled buildings. Working with our valued and ambitious PBSA developers and owners we are determined to drive down the cost of running these residences, future-proof the asset and provide an enhanced experience for the student.”

Glide owns a high-performance Fibre network across the UK. The cabling and network engineering experience enables future-proofed connectivity solutions, operational efficiency and best-in-class resident experience.

Managed Internet Service for University and Student Accommodation

Enhance your students’ online experience with better Wi-Fi for student accommodation. From in depth monthly service reports, annual reviews, marketing materials to a student friendly Service Desk and onsite support, Glide Student will provide everything you need for a fully reliable managed internet service for both you and your students.

Wi-Fi for Student Accommodation

Students want to be constantly connected, wherever they are. Glide Student’s best in class intelligent pervasive Wi-Fi means that students can enjoy a seamless internet connection across their multiple devices wherever they are in their student accommodation. Plus all the support they need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out about our fully managed internet service. Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at glidestudent@glide.co.uk, or find out more details on our website https://glidebusiness.co.uk/student

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