Company History

See our company history and find out where our journey began

  • 1992

    FOUNDING OF THE COMPANY

    COMPANY FOUNDED

    Michael Grainger left his job as an engineer for BT and took the leap to set up his own business, Ely Telecom

  • 1993

    CLIENT WIN

    ELY CATHEDRAL PROJECT

    Ely Telecom secures Ely Cathedral as a client for a major project.

  • 1993

    TEAM EXPANDS

    STUART GRAINGER JOINS AS AN APPRENTICE

    Son of Michael, Stuart, joins the business as an apprentice engineer

  • 1994

    OFFICE EXPANSION

    ELY TELECOM OUTGROWS THE GARAGE

    Ely Telecom outgrow the family home's garage and expand into two further outbuildings in the garden.

  • 1996

    CLIENT WINS

    ELY TELECOM WIN MORE BUSINESS

    As business booms, Ely Telecom secure repeat business with Ely Cathedral to install a new fibre and copper infrastructure across the Ely Cathedral Estate

  • 2000

    NEW PROJECT WIN

    ELY TELECOM WIN CAT5E PROJECT

    Ely Telecom win a 1500 cat5e network cabling project at Cambridge Science Park

  • NEW PRODUCT INSTALL

    ELY TELECOM SECURE THEIR FIRST IPCCTV PROJECT

    Ely Telecom secure their first IP CCTV installation project for Cambridge University with 25 Axis IP CCTV Cameras

  • 2005

    NEW AV DIVISION

    ELY TELECOM EXPAND INTO AUDIO VISUAL

    Ely Telecom expand into the audio visual market and secure their first project installing 30 smart interactive boards and 30 projectors for Witchford Village College

  • 2006

    OFFICE EXPANSION

    FIRST OFFICE UNIT OPENS

    Ely Telecom has outgrown the family home, and moves into a professional business unit just outside of Ely.

  • 2008

    FWD IP SECURITY IS LAUNCHED

    FWD IP EXPANDS INTO SECURITY SERVICES

    After an increase in demand for security systems, FWD IP branch out to offer a range of security installs for businesses across East Anglia.

  • 2010

    RETIREMENT

    MICHAEL GRAINGER RETIRES

    After 18 years building the business up, Michael retires from full time duties and hands over to his son Stuart who takes on the role of Managing Director.

  • 2014

    COMPANY REBRAND

    ELY TELECOM REBRANDS TO FWD IP

    After two decades as Ely Telecom, MD Stuart decides to re-brand the business to FWD-IP to reflect the new services the business offers.

  • 2017

    NEW PRODUCT INSTALL

    FIRST NOKIA POL INSTALLATION

    FWD-IP are the first business to install Nokia's Passive Optical Lan (POL) system across Europe.

  • 2018

    NEW CLIENT WIN

    FWD IP WINS PROJECT WITH ST.JOHNS COLLEGE

    FWD-IP win a major project to install 240 cat6a network and wireless access points across the student accommodation for St.John's College, Cambridge.

  • 2020

    FWD IP WIN PROJECT WITH LEADING FIBRE COMPANY

    FWD-IP win a pilot project rolling out fibre to home connectivity for a leading fibre provider.