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Glide and Connectbase Partner to Accelerate Global Access to UK Networking with Location-based Insights and Automation

Glide, a market-leader in full fibre business broadband and connectivity provider, has partnered with Connectbase, The Industry Cloud for Connectivity, to simplify and accelerate how service providers worldwide procure and manage connectivity across the UK. Glide became the first UK network service provider to offer its services on Connectbase’s Configure Price Quote (CPQ) platform, The Connected World. The partnership enables service providers worldwide to access the UK network footprint with location-based intelligence and automated and standardised quoting.

Glide has more than 2,000 km of dedicated fibre network spanning the UK with 14 metropolitan dark fibre networks in major cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Glide’s fibre network also reaches some 400 business parks, otherwise poorly served by other service providers. Its multi-terabit network provides last-mile connectivity to enterprise locations and campuses at up to 100Gbit/s. The Connected World platform enables more service providers to benefit from Glide’s extensive network footprint, continual fibre network rollouts, and agile service delivery model.

“Our partnership with Connectbase provides a global community of service providers immediate access to our network services and connectivity options across the UK. As an altnet, we are always looking at new and innovative ways to present our services and enable local and global organisations to move with greater agility when connecting users,” said Tim Pilcher, CEO at Glide. “We are thrilled to be the first UK service provider on The Connected World platform and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Connectbase.”

Connectbase’s The Connected World platform offers users access to more than 300 connectivity buyers and sellers with intelligence related to 2.6 billion locations across more than 150 countries. It simplifies network planning, identifying suppliers, and pricing network services within a single automated platform. The Connect World Platform removes the need for time-consuming and resource-intensive manual procurement processes and replaces it with an intelligent and digitally enabled model.

“We have a large number of enquiries about UK network footprint from our global user base and we are excited to offer Glide’s UK connectivity services on our platform. Glide shares our commitment to simplicity and service agility and is a great fit for our first partner in the UK,” said Ben Edmond, Founder and CEO of Connectbase. “Our partnership with Glide is another milestone on our global expansion as we see increasing demand for a simple and intelligence-driven model for buying and selling local network services across the globe.”

Glide has been constructing fibre networks for data centres, service providers, systems integrators, carriers and the public sector for over a decade. It offers redundant dark fibre and managed lit fibre networks across the UK and is continually growing its network with new construction in key markets.

About Glide
Glide is a market leader in full-fibre broadband, delivering hyper-fast connectivity to businesses across the UK and Europe, including data centres, flexible workspaces, student and build-to-rent accommodation.

Glide does the complex things that the giants cannot, operating in areas that are difficult to access and difficult to service while enabling devices, buildings and cities to become smarter.

With its own national network with 100 points of presence and reaching over 100,000 business premises, Glide creates better internet experiences through dark fibre deployment best-in-class full-fibre broadband services, world-class Wi-Fi and smart building structured cabling expertise.

Backed by Astatine Investment Partners, Glide is focused on delivering the best ordering, provisioning and support experience to all its customers.

For more information about Glide, visit

About Connectbase

Connectbase is The Industry Cloud for Connectivity. Connectbase is a partner to the industry, enabling next generation buying and selling of connectivity, including automated quoting, and providing deep, trusted insights. Connectbase’s industry-leading platform, The Connected World, serves almost 300 providers globally, managing 2.6 billion locations across more than 150 countries. The Connectbase team has built a connected ecosystem transforming network buying and selling processes. Visit Connectbase at and follow us on LinkedIn at

Lisa Baker is Group Editor for the Need to See IT Publishing Group. Lisa writes about HR, Technology, Health, the Environment and Business.
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