i3 Group appoint ex-BT group CEO to head up Opencity Media
The i3 Group, the company behind Fibrecity and H2O Network, have appointed Mark Smith, previously CEO of BT Broadcast Services, as CEO of Opencity Media Ltd. Opencity were founded to help service and content providers deliver their products over the Fibrecity network. Companies can market their products on the Fibrecity Open Access Gateway which acts as a sort of shop front to allow consumers to pick and choose the services they need.
"I have followed the progress of i3 Group for a while now, and am utterly impressed by the way it has turned the service provider model on its head. For too long, the market has been dominated by a few players which have restricted consumer choice.
My main objective will be to build on the platform that has been created, and working with the Opencity Media team, introduce more service and content providers on to the Fibrecity Open Access Gateway."Mark Smith, (CEO) Opencity Media
Earlier in the week i3 Group signed an agreement with Scottish Water to rent a portion of the sewer network across the whole of Scotland. This is good news for Fibrecity Dundee which is set to gain access to the fibre network in 2012. This also adds the option for other Scottish cities to gain a network with Aberdeen and Inverness options that Fibrecity are considering. Fibrecity plan to serve one million UK homes within 4 years.