New full-fibre network – for research, life sciences and technology businesses based in Cambridge

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Find out how this new full-fibre network can extend your existing advanced compute infrastructure, and why it is a key development of the future infrastructure roadmap for Cambridge.

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About the event

This new service will enable connectivity to Cambridge’s Science and Research parks and pave the way for High Performance Compute (HPC) and AI collaboration across Europe.

Cambridge is globally significant and the ability to collaborate with and between businesses and the parks on which they reside is critical. The event will showcase the collaboration between Light Blue Fibre, bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks, and the UK Innovation Corridor’s most advanced data centre, Kao Data.

This event is for CTOs, Heads of Infrastructure, CIOs, Heads of Technical Services of Cambridge-based research, life science and tech/ AI communities.

Why attend? To find out more about how this network can extend your advanced compute infrastructure, and why it is a key development of the future infrastructure roadmap for Cambridge.

You can follow @LightBlueFibre @euNetworks @KaoDataDC on Twitter and tweet using the hashtags #LightBlueFibre #KaoinCambridge #bandwidth #HPC

Light Blue Fibre

Light Blue Fibre is a joint venture between the University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council, to make commercially available both organisations’ existing extensive duct and fibre networks

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euNetworks Fiber UK Ltd

euNetworks is a bandwidth infrastructure company, owning and operating 17 fibre based metropolitan networks connected with a high capacity intercity backbone covering 51 cities in 15 countries.

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Kao Data

Kao Data develop and operate advanced data centres for high performance computing, the cloud, AI and enterprise. We underpin the UK’s Innovation Corridor with world class digital infrastructure.

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Welcome from Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Welcome and Introduction to the event - Noelle Godfrey, Programme Director Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire County Council and a Director of Light Blue Fibre


The Network: Light Blue Fibre and euNetworks - Jon Holgate, Head of Infrastructure at Cambridge University and a Director of Light Blue Fibre, and Andy Harris, Director of Business Development, euNetworks


The Business Imperative: Why HPC is changing the infrastructure requirements of our cutting-edge business - Spencer Lamb, Vice President, Kao Data


New Network in Cambridge: The opportunity and how to engage - Jon Holgate, Head of Infrastructure at Cambridge University and a Director of Light Blue Fibre, and Andy Harris, Director of Business Development, euNetworks


Q & A Panel session

Panel session: for all speakers plus additional panellists:
• Toby Williams, Head of Infrastructure Investments, euNetworks
• Ritchie Carter, University of Cambridge

Chaired by Noelle Godfrey, Cambridgeshire County Council and Light Blue Fibre


Wrap-up and formal close from Noelle Godfrey


Event Closes


Andrew Harris - Business Development Director, 5G, euNetworks Fiber UK Ltd

Andy Harris is Business Development Director for New Metros and Edge Computing, appointed to this position in October 2020. Andy leads the business development strategy with Edge partners, Local Authorities and Communities of interest in each metro, focusing on longterm partnerships and network investments. Andy joined euNetworks in June 2018 and is excited by the opportunity that Edge compute and connectivity lends to local stakeholders.

Prior to euNetworks, Andy held sales leadership and strategy roles in the telecoms and software sector for 25 years, working in startups in the Telecoms sector before moving to Tata Communications for eight years, managing Content and Global Service Providers. 

Jon Holgate - Director, Light Blue Fibre, Head of IT Infrastructure, University of Cambridge

Jon is the Head of IT Infrastructure for the University of Cambridge, with over 20 years’ experience of delivering IT solutions and services within the academic and research environment. For the past eight years, Jon has been responsible for the extensive network and associated fibre infrastructure for the University.

In 2019, Jon co-lead the creation of a Joint Venture between the University and Cambridge County Council, to form Light Blue Fibre Ltd. He is the Operations Director. This builds upon years of engagement and co-operation between the County Council and the University, resulting in a commercial entity leveraging the infrastructure of both organisations to provide fibre services to the region.

Spencer Lamb - Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Kao Data

Spencer Lamb is the Vice President (Sales & Marketing) at Kao Data. Having held previous positions at data centre companies - Infinity SDC and Verne Global - Spencer brings over 25 years of experience in data centres, high performance computing (HPC) applications, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and telco to the business.

As an influential industry thought leader with a reputation for multi-million pound revenue creation across finance, hyperscale, life sciences, research and education, Spencer leads the sales, marketing and commercial teams in executing the company’s go-to-market strategy, which will drive new customer acquisitions furthering the expansion of its £230m, 40MW Kao Data campus and grow the portfolio’s platform.

Toby Williams - Head of Infrastructure Investments, euNetworks Fiber UK Ltd

Toby Williams is Head of Infrastructure at euNetworks. He has been with the company for over nine years, holding various positions including Head of Products, Product Director (Dark Fibre), Product Director (euTrade), Product Director (metro waves).

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