12/30/2010 10:16:00 AM
Power 50 Profile: Niall Murphy, Founder and Non-Executive Director, The Cloud
Murphy co-founded Wi-Fi service provider The Cloud in January 2003 and served as its executive director and chief strategy officer before stepping down into a non-executive role last year. Described as an accomplished technologist and entrepreneur, Murphy set up The Cloud to provide public access Wi-Fi networks for international retailers, restaurants, leisure and hotel chains.
The growth of smartphones and the rising demand for internet access from mobiles has enabled The Cloud to provide a real alternative in data hotspots where demand is putting the cellular networks under strain. Hand held connections have grown from around 20% to 35% over the course of 2009 and the company anticipates they will represent something around 50% of its connections by 2011.