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The Clarus Networks Group appoints Chief Technology Officer as introduction of Starlink sees business growth rocket

Posted: 2nd August 2023
Paul Coffey, Chief Technology Officer, Clarus Networks Group

Clarus Networks Group, a connectivity and network specialist, has appointed Paul Coffey to the role of Chief Technology Officer, as the company has almost tripled revenue over the last year and doubled the number of employees across all business service areas. The significant rise in sales figures was bolstered by Clarus Networks Group becoming one of only a handful of authorised resellers of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink last year.

Starlink is a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system providing high-speed, low-latency broadband internet services. Since SpaceX first launched Starlink satellites in 2019, their connection service has tripled the number of customers to 1.5 million in less than a year, covering over 50 countries. Clarus uses Starlink and other wireless connection technologies, like mobile private networks, to bring secure fast connectivity to businesses anywhere, no matter how remote, supporting clients working in energy, construction, healthcare, retail, transport and maritime. Clarus currently has over 500 global enterprise Starlink deployments, with clients across Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

New Clarus CTO Paul Coffey has extensive experience as a business leader and wireless connectivity specialist, previously serving as CEO of the Scotland 5G Centre, a national centre dedicated to the uptake of advanced connectivity in Scotland. In addition, Coffey was Head of Strategy at a global wholesale network operator and Head of Mobile Products at Virgin Media Business. This new appointment allows Clarus to expand its portfolio, supporting enterprises to understand which technology option is best suited to achieve their goals. Overall spend on mobile private network infrastructure is growing rapidly at 20% year-on-year across vertical industries. Combined with LEO satellite connectivity, wireless technology is enabling organisations to become more productive and efficient, regardless of their location.

Derek Phillips, Group Managing Director at The Clarus Networks Group, said: “Clarus has experienced phenomenal growth this year, bringing Starlink to even more businesses around the world. Now is the perfect time to bring onboard Paul Coffey, a dynamic tech expert and telecoms leader, taking our connectivity offering to the next level. Paul is working with our experienced team to implement hybrid technology strategies for clients in all sectors.”

Paul Coffey, Chief Technology Officer at The Clarus Network Group added: “Joining Clarus has allowed me to work with most innovative technologies available. I’ve already seen how high-speed, low-latency connectivity can revolutionise industry by joining data to operations, including enabling real time monitoring to improve health and safety, reduce costs and lower carbon emissions. I’m excited to be connecting more businesses using Starlink and private 5G networks, playing a key part in Clarus’ integrated connectivity solution.”

The Clarus Networks Group was established in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Derek and Debra Phillips, offering customers fully managed networking services to connect businesses with their teams across the world. Clarus works across a wide range of sectors to provide network design, installation, and support services.

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