Blue Planet Networks appoints Steve Corfe as CEO

17 January 2019 | James Pearce

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Connectivity provider Blue Planet Networks has named former NTT Europe exec Steve Corfe as its new CEO.

Corfe previously led the network solutions product development team at NTT Europe, leading a number of initiatives including the delivery of its European L2 backbone network. This was one of the first intelligent hybrid WAN services NTT Communications offered to enterprise customer.

Corfe originally joined Blue Planet Networks, which offers carrier-grade internet connectivity, in September 2018 as chief commercial officer but he has now been named CEO, replacing John Hammond, who had led the firm since 2015. Hammond left the firm on January 11 a Blue Planet spokesperson confirmed to Capacity.

In his new role, Corfe will be tasked with accelerating the growth of the company’s carrier-grade internet offering for the service provider community, as well as its GRID pricing engine.

The GRID pricing engine aims to offer high-volume precision pricing for connectivity delivered at speed, utilising pricing data from more than 1,000 service providers across 216 countries.

“Blue Planet has established itself as a global ISP and an innovator in Carrier-grade Internet. It has shown that high-volume quoting with rapid precision pricing enables carriers to win business and serve more enterprise needs. Our GRID pricing engine gives partners new competitive advantages when connecting enterprise locally across the globe,” said Corfe. “I’m excited about bringing these capabilities to more carriers globally, and building on our successes in serving Tier 1 carriers in North America and Europe.”

“In 2018, we built out our capabilities, added new partners, fine-tuned the GRID and really set up our business for long-term growth. Steve’s appointment will push our business to new places and enable more service providers to benefit from the GRID. He has a track record of developing and delivering products that transform businesses and create new value for partners and users. It is an amazing time to be at Blue Planet and we are confident we have a rock-solid foundation to accelerate innovation,” Steve Taylor, CTO at Blue Planet Networks.