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Smart infrastructure for smarter buildings

Invest in a future-proofed infrastructure today to ensure your property stays relevant and competitive and will be a place that residents will want to live in for generations.

Smart infrastructure for smarter buildings
Smart infrastructure for smarter buildings
Fast and robust Wi-Fi is a critical factor in the BTR sector resident experience.

The proliferation of IoT devices, plus high-demand entertainment services, means FTTH (fibre to the home) and communal connectivity are fast becoming the essential components to a class-leading development.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI)

Glide’s unique SFI solution is a seamless network solution that deploys a single fibre directly to each apartment. It’s a single-point solution system for all your smart technology, from the connectivity specialists for Build to Rent developers.

With SFI, you no longer need separate networks for broadband, TV, security and other services, meaning real cost saving during build and maintenance, and increased rental value from your property.

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Smart Fibre Infrastructure

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Significant improvements to resident lifestyle and wellbeing will be needed to make Build to Rent an option if people are to give up the aspiration of owning their own home.

Glide's managed end-to-end service offers a single-point solution for all your connectivity requirements, delivering not only ultra-fast broadband, but also a suite of smart and third-party bolt-ons to ensure your building fulfils your residents' needs and expectations, and differentiates you from your competitors.

Our solutions combine previously disparate systems into one framework, that can scale with you, and enable new technologies to be easily integrated.

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Glide's own network

The backbone of our cutting-edge connectivity and communications services is our own physical infrastructure.

We build, invest in and own our own high-performance network based around a 10Gb ethernet core in London, the midlands and Manchester. This allows us to deliver innovative cabling solutions and ultrafast, reliable broadband andTV solutions to residential blocks, business parks and accommodation developers around the UK.

Our network:

  • 100,000 premises reached
  • 570 fibre enabled cabinets in the UK
  • 350,000 residents over 800+ sites
  • Seven countries: UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands
  • 10-gigabit ethernet cores in London, the midlands, Manchester

And we're expanding in Europe, too. If you're interested, there's more information on our Glide in Europe page.


Where are we?

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Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ is SkyQ ready. Retro-fitting any infrastructure is a lengthy and disruptive process and increases the lead-time of important resident services like TV. Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ is the best building infrastructure available today and the fact it is designed to support Sky makes Glide the common-sense choice.

Living in Build-to-Rent is a lifestyle choice. Build-to-Rent should not just deliver spaces to sleep in – they should be environments that enhance the lifestyle of the renter. SkyQ is a fundamental feature of resident satisfaction and great opportunity to differentiate a property.

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Resident support

While our services are robust, there will always be times when your residents need help; we've an expert support team that is dedicated to students' questions, which extends to:

  • 24/7/365 support desk
  • Help for residents via email, social media, live chat or local rate calls
  • 81% of calls answered under 15 seconds
  • Multi-lingual support (in 28 languages for all digital channels)
  • Our self-service portal and troubleshooting videos
  • Our mobile support app for simple and quick troubleshooting
  • Pre-arrival registration

Service desk

The hub of our support system is the service desk, which is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and which is manned by our own trained team of specialists.

Delivering an exceptional proposition to your residents means providing up to 1Gbit/s broadband speed to high-rise apartments.

Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) is the generic term for any broadband network architecture using optical fibre to provide the last mile of telecommunications services. Fibre optic cables can carry data at high speeds over long distances, something which copper cables used in traditional telephone lines and ADSL cannot.

FTTH dramatically increases the connection speeds available when compared to traditional copper technologies, allowing ultrafast speeds to be achieved. For this to work, your building infrastructure needs to be future-proofed with fibre in order to take advantage of the technology and keep you ahead of the game.

Fibre to the home

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The instant connectivity provided by Glide was a significant bonus for us. Not only do we benefit from being able to roll the cost of the internet service into our rental costs, but we also benefit from the 24/7 customer services provided by the team

Dan Brooks Sales Manager, Director, Moda Living
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