Sewer-based dark fibre operator up for entrepreneur of the year

Ian Grant

Elfed Thomas, CEO of metropolitan dark fibre network operator i3, will represent the North West in Ernst & Young’s search to find the UK entrepreneur of the year.

Thomas formed i3 in 2002. It specialises in building and operating fibre to the premises (FTTP/FTTH) networks that use city sewers as way-leaves. This avoids the main cost of building fibre networks, namely digging up roads and pavements.
i3 Group has six divisions, including the Fibrecity and H2O companies, and has opened offices in Australia, Ireland, Middle East and South Africa and the US.

The winner will be announced in October.


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