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 and landlords.

A major factor of Glide's rapid expansion, initially as a result of demand from leading UK Student Accommodation providers and more recently the rise of Build-to-Rent as a long-term investment opportunity, is a commitment to providing end-to-end infrastructure and managed service solutions.

Build-to-Rent starts with quality architecture and a positive impact on the built environment, designed around resident choice, flexibility and well-being. With purpose-built and secure long-term tenancies with a single landlord, no fees and a proactive 24-hour onsite management team. Not just spaces to sleep in but environments that enhance the lifestyle of the renter. Delivering this vision depends on future-proof infrastructure and fast Wi-Fi.

To reduce the hassle of day-to-day building management, operators should seek an appropriate managed service offering. Operators and Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) contractors deal with one provider for the duration of the project. Everything from designing and installing smart structured cabling, provisioning the Internet, service management and keeping technology relevant, is all taken care of, freeing up more time to focus on marketing the property, enriching the resident experience and protecting the investment.

Why choose a managed service:

Structured cabling

A dedicated engineer will design and install the structured cabling, maximise the performance and future-proof the managed network. Remove the hassle of the day-to-day management of subcontractors with operational efficiency, project management and peace-of-mind.

Managed service

With a managed internet service, you're only dealing with one company through every stage of your contract. Whether you’re looking for infrastructure that protects your investment, looking for a partner to install structured cabling and install the managed network, a project manager is in place to exceed delivery expectations and drive operational efficiency.

Dedicated Service Manager

Provisioning the service doesn’t end with the opening of the building. As part of the managed service agreement, operators will have a dedicated point of contact to guide them through the life of the project and ensure the service meets the contracted Service Level Agreement (SLA). Whether it’s monthly reporting, arranging site visits or onsite support a Service Manager is just a call away.

Big-Data ready infrastructure

n addition to fast Wi-Fi, entertainment services like Ultra High Definition (UHD) streaming and Virtual Reality online gaming are becoming mainstream and previously local services like playing music have become cloud services. Analysing and storing building information could be done locally but as the demand for accessibility increases, reporting and analysis will also increasingly be performed in the cloud. An appropriate infrastructure needs to be installed to support Wi-Fi dependent residents and increasingly, gather vast amounts of data.

24/7 monitoring & reporting

The network is monitored around the clock, ensuring everything is running smoothly. There are specialists available to help with anything your residents may need. If residents need help with getting online or connecting peripherals at 2am, there’s a dedicated team on hand just waiting to help.

Systems integration enables better services. In the near future, previously disparate technologies will be packaged into one robust managed service. New technologies will be easily integrated through a defined framework and create a single data set ready to be analysed. This will help to identify cost savings and provide greater functionality and reliability to landlords and students.

The Glide National Network

Glide has significantly invested in our own high performance, core national network infrastructure. Our network is a high performance national backbone infrastructure based around a 100-Gigabit Ethernet core all across the UK.

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. What this means is everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support. Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can enhance your Build-to-Rent (BTR) development. Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at glideresidential@glide.co.uk, or find out more details on our website /connectivity-and-smart-solutions/sfi

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