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Intelligens Consulting and Renfrewshire Council honoured with Prestigious Award at Connected Britain

United Kingdom, 27 October 2023. Intelligens Consulting, a leading telecommunications and smart city management consultant, was celebrated at the recent Connected Britain event with a coveted award for their transformative work alongside Renfrewshire Council. The award signifies a milestone achievement in their pioneering approach to attracting substantial private investment, fundamentally advancing fibre coverage and digital inclusion in the region.

With a dedicated commitment to fostering digital transformation, Intelligens Consulting pioneered an innovative strategy harnessing the power of an anchor tenant model to drive social and economic value. This ingenious approach succeeded in attracting significant private investment, driving Renfrewshire’s fibre availability from 7% of premises in 2019 to an impressive 74%, surpassing both the UK and Scottish averages at 56% and 51% respectively, according to Think Broadband data at the time of this release.

Connected Britain, a paramount event in the telecommunications industry held in London on 20-21 September 2023, honoured Intelligens Consulting for their exceptional contribution to the region's digital landscape. The award signifies the high regard in which their pioneering approach is held within the industry and the profound impact it has had on the Renfrewshire community.

Fibre infrastructure investments play a vital role in catalysing social and economic growth. The enhanced fibre availability in Renfrewshire has not only enabled faster and more reliable internet services than was otherwise possible but has also acted as a magnet for investment and employment opportunities.

Iqbal Singh Bedi, Founder and Consulting Director of Intelligens Consulting said, “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to working with local authorities revolutionising social and economic digital infrastructure across the UK. Our model not only maximises private investment to deliver significant social and economic impact while delivering unparalleled value for money for the public, but also accelerates fibre rollout to unserved areas, effectively bridging the digital divide supporting government policy and its gigabit ambition. As pioneers of this approach, we are offering our expertise to other local authorities facing challenges in achieving acceptable levels of broadband coverage and encourage local authorities to reach out to us to create a digitally prosperous future for them and their citizens and businesses.”

Patrick Welsh Murray, Head of Digital, Transformation and Customer Services of Intelligens Consulting said, “In 2018, Renfrewshire Council identified connectivity as a key foundation and enabler of digital transformation. And in partnership with Intelligens Consulting embarked on a 5-year plan to deliver Connectivity As A Service (CaaS) across pan Renfrewshire. This pioneering initiative to deliver a range of connectivity-based services including WAN, CCTV, Internet, UTC, Telephony, Wi-Fi, IoT, etc. has attracted significant private investment to advance fibre coverage across Renfrewshire as a geography.”

Harry Baldock, Editor at Total Telecom said, “The transformation this project has delivered for local communities has been exceptional, turning a previously underserved region into one of the most connected in Scotland. The judges were highly impressed with the level of detail provided in this entry, which demonstrated a deep understanding of the connectivity challenges facing the region and how to overcome them. Many congratulations to Intelligens Consulting and Renfrewshire Council, worthy winners of the Barrier Removal Award at the Connected Britain Awards 2023.”

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Intelligens Consulting is a prominent telecoms, smart city and digital transformation management consultant committed to driving digital transformation in regions across the UK. Their pioneering strategies have been instrumental in attracting private investment and advancing digital infrastructure, laying the foundation for prosperous and connected communities across the UK and further afield. Website:

Renfrewshire is the 10th biggest local authority area in Scotland with a population of around 176,000. Covering an area of some 270 square kilometres, the Renfrewshire area hosts major towns such as Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone, and several attractive villages and settlements. A place of outstanding natural beauty, home to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and a vast range of parks, woodlands and green space, Renfrewshire is also a thriving area for business and economic activity, with Glasgow Airport within its boundaries and excellent transport links across the West of Scotland, nationally and internationally.

Total Telecom is a publishing and events company specialising on the telecoms and broader connectivity industry. The company's independent editorial content reaches an audience of over 100,000 global telecom professionals from more than 200 countries every month, delivering them the latest news, features, and analysis from across the global telecoms market. Total Telecom also runs a portfolio of eight major global telecoms events, including the UK's largest digital economy event, Connected Britain, which this year saw more than 5,500 attend the conference in London. The Connected Britain Awards, taking place annually alongside the Connected Britain conference, is an expert-judged competition celebrating excellence throughout the UK connectivity sector.

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