He was UK Broadband’s CTO, before going on to serve as COO of Ultrafast Fibre and then as Collinear Networks’ managing director, Asia Pacific.
Much of Jeffares’ prior experience has involved managing salable fibre infrastructure for Tier1 carriers.
Glide’s new group CTO commented: “This is truly an exciting time for Glide customers and the wider UK fibre infrastructure industry.
“I am confident that our team will continue to grow our fibre footprint rapidly as the UK broadband market undergoes a period of seismic change.
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“I am excited to be joining the Glide Group with such a broad range of end markets and look forward to helping our team deliver a superior customer experience to our UK and European customers.”
Tim Pilcher, Glide Group’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to have Richard joining us here at Glide during this exciting growth period.
“Richard has a global background in both the fibre and mobile sectors, plus a strong track record leading fast-growing fibre infrastructure companies, and we look forward to scaling our business growth to meet the flourishing fibre demand in 2020 and beyond.”
Based in Clevedon, Glide began offering Virgin Media broadband to shared living clients back in July 2019.