Peter Callow takes over as Manx Telecom’s Head of Wholesale

There has been a changing of the guard at Manx Telecom following the appointment of Peter Callow to Head of Wholesale. Peter takes over the role from Graham Shimmin, who retired exactly 40 years to the day after starting work as an apprentice with the company on December 3, 1979.

Peter started his own career at Manx Telecom in 1996 in the Marketing Department and since then has performed a number of commercial roles in the company covering roaming, interconnect and wholesale. Between 2010 and 2016 Peter was Head of Wholesale and Regulation.

Commenting on his appointment Peter said he was looking forward to developing the work that Graham had started, particularly on the roll out of FTTP (Fibre To The Premises).

“Making fibre widely available on the Island is a major engineering, technical, and logistical challenge but the roll-out to date has been very successful and is one of the highlights of Graham’s tenure,” he said.

“By the end of 2019 Manx Telecom made fibre available to more than 20% of Isle of Man homes and businesses – that means coverage here is approximately two and a half times better than in the UK where, according to the most recent Ofcom statistics, only eight % of homes and business have access to fibre.

“Increasing coverage to the rest of the Island is a key objective for the company and as the Isle of Man moves forward with its National Broadband plan, there are exciting times ahead for telecommunications on the Island.”

Marking Graham Shimmin’s retirement, Gary Lamb, Manx Telecom CEO, paid tribute to Peter’s predecessor, who joined the company when it was operated as part of British Telecom’s Liverpool region. Gary reflected that Graham had overseen a number of transformational projects, including the move from electro-mechanical telephone exchanges to electronic systems and the introduction of digital technology to the network. He was the first person to make a mobile phone call over the Manx Telecom network and helped launch the Island’s first dial-up internet services, the email platform, and MTTV, the Island’s first online video news service.

“Forty years of loyal service to one business is a remarkable achievement,” said Gary. “I would like to extend huge thanks to Graham for his magnificent contribution. Graham is one of those people who are passionate about what they do, and without doubt he has played a significant role in enabling Manx Telecom to become a successful company.”