At a packed Hilton Hotel in Wembley, MS3 were announced as runners-up at the NextGen 13 awards. MS3 were shortlisted in the ‘Fixed Urban Networks’ category alongside local competitor KC, CityFibre, Magnet Networks, Accelerate Aberdeen and Hyperoptic. The winner’s trophy went to Accelerate Aberdeen for their digital strategy in the North East of Scotland. The recognition highlights MS3’s achievements in building a fibre network around Hull and East Yorkshire offering network choice to businesses for the first time in its history.
Managing Director Tony Hales said this achievement demonstrates the importance of MS3’s project in Hull.
“It’s a fantastic honour to have been awarded 2nd place in the ‘fixed urban networks’ category. It is very rewarding to be recognised for the all the hard work we’ve put in to make this project happen and I would like to thank all the staff and the civils team for their efforts.
“I would also like to congratulate the people behind the Accelerate Aberdeen project on winning their award, they have an excellent project which is making a huge difference in that part of the UK.
“When the shortlisted nominees were announced 2 of the final 6 networks were from Hull which goes to show that as a city we are certainly leading the way. There is a lot of things happening in Hull at the minute and it is vitally important that it has the right telecoms infrastructure in place to support further growth.”
Earlier in the day Tony Hales gave a brief presentation to around 100 people as part of the NextGen13 Conference. The presentation centred on how MS3 overcame a number of challenges to put their own network infrastructure in the ground and connect up customers in the Humber region.
The NextGen awards is now in its 6th year, created in anticipation of the need to transform the UK's broadband infrastructure and to showcase key players in this new market. The need for economic growth, local enterprise and innovation, together with far greater public-private collaboration has focused attention on the urgency of local network investment.