Digital Infrastructure

Specialist digital infrastructure investor

Fast broadband is critical to daily life. We were certainly reminded of this in 2020 when millions of us began working from home due to the global pandemic. The demand for high bandwidth fixed-line infrastructure is accelerating, but there’s a problem: This high-speed connectivity isn’t available to everyone in the UK and that needs to change.

Despite the obvious need for full fibre (including connecting 5G cells) the UK lags desperately behind many developed countries in its full fibre rollout. At the end of 2020 only 22% of UK homes had access to full fibre. This is far behind countries such as Denmark (75%), Portugal (88%), Spain (90%+) and Sweden (82%).¹


Our experience

On behalf of our investors, the Octopus digital infrastructure team is backing businesses in the UK which are closing this gap. We are experienced investors having already committed nearly £1 billion of our investors’ money into four different full fibre networks.

Our team has backed full fibre platforms across the UK and committed  c.£1bn to their rollout.

•            Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) in rural and suburban areas –  Jurassic Fibre, Swish Fibre and Giganet

•            Dedicated business broadband network – Vorboss

Our investments

A full-fibre broadband provider, bringing exceptional connectivity services to homes and businesses in the Home Counties.

A full-fibre broadband provider, bringing gigabit capable connectivity to underserved communities and regions in the South West of England.

An internet service provider in towns and cities across the UK, and a full-fibre broadband provider building its own network to bring gigabit capable connectivity to homes and businesses in the South of England.

Vorboss is an enterprise-focused fibre provider for large businesses and offices in London.

Our approach

We have developed an in-depth expertise in the UK fibre market and, as a hands-on manager, our team is involved in commercial, regulatory and technical issues. We also act as a conduit between our portfolio companies to enhance value accretive collaboration.

In addition to the experienced management team, we have appointed a Fibre Advisory Board supervising our portfolio and assessing new opportunities.

Our team

Rob DeVilliers

Rob DeVilliers

Investment Associate

Insights

Prospect Magazine: Rob Skinner writes about how Covid-19 has transformed the way we use the internet
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The House (politicshome.com): Home working has sparked demand for ultrafast fibre broadband
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Blog post: Upgrading the UK's digital infrastructure
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As seen in The Times: Octopus digital infrastructure capability
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Other investment capabilities


Interested in Digital Infrastructure?

Talk to one of us.

If you are interested in investing into digital infrastructure, or other alternative investments, we would love to hear from you. Please do contact us to arrange a time for further discussion.

Chris Hulatt - Founder Octopus Group
Mark Williams - Co-Head of Institutional Funds
Semi Kim - Institutional Funds Investor Relationship Manager (Korea)
Institutional Funds Distribution Manager

¹ Credit Suisse Research on European Fibre Networks, Sept 2021.