aql acquires BlueWave Communications
BlueWave Communications Ltd, was founded in 2007 by Isle of Man entrepreneur, Stuart Baggs, with the objective to provide a greater choice of internet services to businesses and consumers on the Island. In more recent years, the company has grown to a customer base of several thousand subscribers and operates a fixed and wireless broadband service.
Sadly, Stuart passed away at the end of July this year. Stuart had worked closely with aql as a customer and partner for many years and had deployed similar technology on the Isle of Man to that deployed by aql. He’d also collaborated on several innovative Wifi projects with aql’s development teams.
aql CEO Dr Adam Beaumont said “I’ve known Stuart for nearly a decade and I’ve seen his hard work and commitment build up a business with a great deal of respect and goodwill within the local community. These values are strong within aql and I felt that we wanted to make sure that the staff and customers of BlueWave would continue, along with the BlueWave brand. aql has now acquired BlueWave as a going concern.”.
BlueWave had just rolled out 4G broadband services which aql also intends to support. The company will continue to be managed locally by the same BlueWave team. “For now, it’s about stabilisation – making sure we understand the systems, customers and building in resilience. Once we have developed a robust platform, we’ll continue BlueWave’s rollout across the Island, along with expansion into other service areas. The guys in Douglas now have a much bigger team behind them.”.
In memory: “Once we get the technical work done, we will also be establishing a discretionary fund from BlueWave profits to help budding entrepreneurs with small funds to explore their first idea or prototype. Applicants under the age of 27 will be eligible to apply.”
About BlueWave Communications
BlueWave Communications was founded in 2007 by Isle of Man based entrepreneur Stuart Baggs. His mission was clear, to provide robust and cost effective communications solutions Island wide, without the exorbitant price tag associated with the incumbent operator.
BlueWave Communications have developed a next generation network, utilising a rich mixture of fibre optic and wireless communications. This enables the company to provision a broad range of services onto a combined central network providing tangible cost savings to our clients. At a time when operators are keen to remove their universal service obligations, BlueWave remains committed to offering their range of communications solutions to as many people as possible.
In 2009, BlueWave commenced offering the fixed wireless broadband product specifically to underserved areas in the north of the Island. In addition to their own network, BlueWave also facilitate mast sharing across the Island. This allows other communications providers rapid turnkey coverage of the Isle of Man whilst eliminating the environmental impact of new sites.