Glide embarks on European expansion 

Demand from UK student accommodation providers operating on the continent has prompted Glide to pursue European expansion.

Fibre broadband provider Glide also delivers managed Wi-Fi to universities, property developers, landlords and businesses. 

"UK student accommodation has seen record levels of investment, providing purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) in cities with great locations, amenities and easy access to universities," said CEO Tim Pilcher. 

"But the sector is still developing across continental Europe and with higher education becoming a global business, and international students expected to reach seven million by 2020, Glide has positioned itself to provide fibre-fast broadband and Wi-Fi across Europe."

Pilcher also noted that Glide has learned from partners, notably The Class of 2020 and listened to customers and investors to understand how best to support operators and residents in Europe.

The Class of 2020 Director Jorick Beijer said: “As technology is a great shaper of the ultimate student experience, it makes sense that Glide is now joining. 

"We will jointly explore how the next generation of smart infrastructures will shape the student halls of 2020.”

Pilcher added: “Glide has been serving its customers in Europe for five years. 

"To continue to serve our growing customer base our operation had to move into Europe. 

"Working with our valued and ambitious PBSA developers and owners we are determined to drive down the cost of running these residences, future-proof the asset and provide an enhanced experience for the student.”

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