The Shard has been certified as one of the best buildings in the country for broadband and telecoms infrastructure after it was awarded a Platinum rating – the highest possible level – by international connectivity accreditor WiredScore.
Connectivity is a critical concern for businesses competing on the global market and has a direct impact on business growth because it affects the productivity of employees and overall efficiency. As a result, The Shard’s Platinum-level connectivity is a significant benefit to its 29 existing occupiers and the rating is an independent endorsement for businesses looking for suitable office space.
Sam Lowe, chief technology officer, MATCHESFASHION.COM, said: “Excellent connectivity is the lifeblood of modern, global, digital leaders. London is one of the digital hubs of the world, but there is great variance in the connectivity available, and so it was one of our key criteria when selecting new facilities to support the growth of our business to select somewhere that had great digital infrastructure as well as great physical facilities.”
Michael Baker, CEO of REM which manages The Shard, said: “Resilience and connectivity used to be solely the domain of a company’s CTO or IT director, but in today’s increasingly digital world it affects every employee from the sales team to the CEO. We understand the importance of good technology infrastructure for our occupiers and have worked hard to ensure we are providing numerous, diverse supplies. The Shard’s Platinum Certification provides an important seal of approval for businesses looking for resilient and connected office space in London. Achieving WiredScore’s highest certification underscores our commitment to the needs of our occupiers.”