Hull wireless internet firm Connexin to create 100 jobs after £10m Silicon Valley investment
Furqan Alamgir and Alex Young of Connexin
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Oct 2017
A Hull wireless internet firm will create 100 jobs in the city after a £10 million investment by a Silicon Valley technology giant.
Connexin, a wireless broadband provider based in Henry Boot Way, has announced huge expansion plans after receiving backing by NASDAQ giant Cisco.
Hull-based founder and CEO Furqan Alamgir says he hopes the company’s implementation of WiFi connectivity across the region will help it come a "national and European digital hub".
The company has put the plans in place for a data centre in Hull which will create 100 jobs and bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region. Connexin hope to open the centre by the end of 2018.
The company, who also compete with KCOM to deliver private high speed connections, has grown through working with public authorities and businesses to build connected internet networks.
Mr Alamgir said: “I’ve grown up in Hull, I went to the Grammar on Cottingham Road and started my business here back in 2006.
“My key message is to say a thank you to everyone in Hull. This should be a big thing for businesses in the city because it validates that you don’t have to be in the south, in London, to be recognised in the digital sector.
“Imagine still using a modem to connect to the internet instead of just connecting wirelessly. Cities still have an equivalent of the modem, connections have to be built, but what we do is build the infrastructure to allow connectivity.
“So for example, having internet connectivity across the city would allow for smart parking, so a car park could connect with vehicles to let them know if there are any available parking spaces.
“It was massively important to have the headquarters here. People said that we needed to have it in London, but I stood my ground because we hope Hull can become a digital hub, recognised in the UK, in Europe.”
The company is scaling up its work with local authorities to provide WiFi as a public service and for connected devices such as road sensors, energy, and security systems.
Connexin has already worked with the council to roll out WiFi connectivity in the city centre and say they are continuing to install more devices to spread more WiFi across the city.
Anil Menon, global president for Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Connexin, a pioneer in smart cities digital transformation in the UK.
“Connexin and Cisco both recognise that digital transformation is about improving people’s lives — whether through connected health, social care, and education; smart parking, lighting, and waste management; or access to other improved urban services".
The investment commitment has been led by Digital Alpha. Rick Shrotri, managing partner at Digital Alpha, said: “This is an investment in one of the UK’s leading players in smart city technology. Connexin is not just talking about smart cities as something for the future, they are making it happen right now.”
Digital Alpha say they will enable Connexin to offer local authorities new ways of financing technology upgrades that share the risks and rewards.
The data centre will be sited on Connexin’s new technology campus, which will be the home for Connexin’s headquarters with additional space for other tech firms.
Connexin’s workspace has been custom-designed with open plan kitchens, gym facilities and a cinema.