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Gradwell has loaned its servers and systems free of charge – and has provided low-cost VoIP - for 40,000 users arriving in the UK from every corner of the world to attend the Scouts Association centenary celebrations.

With more than 40,000 scouts arriving during the first week of August to attend the Association’s celebrations in Hylands Park (Chelmsford, Essex) 21st century telecoms in the shape of an international Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system has been made available by Bath-based entrepreneur - and MD of Gradwell dot com - Peter Gradwell.

A range of phones has been sold to the Association at-cost. Mark-up on the costs of calls – which can be made internationally – has been reduced by Gradwell from the industry standard 40% to 10%.

“In all, there are 40,000 phone cards operational in 5 languages available to scouts for use on 250 handsets on the Jamboree site,” said Peter Gradwell.

With Prince William and the Duke of Kent attending some of the celebration’s activities at the end of July, numbers of attendees from 180 nations could finally exceed 40,000 during the coming week.

“We are aware of the pressing need for a low-cost but sophisticated, reliable telecoms service to made available during the centenary Jamboree, and are delighted to provide the means for VoIP calls – which are calls using the internet – on terms that reflect our support for the scout movement as a whole.”

“The Association is to be warmly congratulated on its 100 years, on its success in providing such a memorable and enjoyable series of events, and on its excellent day-to-day work,” he added.

“Its desire and motivation to spread peace and understanding throughout the world is a wonderful and worthwhile mission.”

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Since 1998 Gradwell has provided a range of email hosting, website hosting and Internet Telephony Services to more than 5,000 clients in the UK. With more than 10,000 VoIP phone lines, 6,000 websites and 12,000 internet domain names, the company had revenues in excess of £1 million for the 2006 financial year. Gradwell’s team of 16 is headquartered in Bath.

Peter Gradwell

Peter Gradwell is one of the UK's leading young internet and telecoms entrepreneurs and was recognised in the Daily Telegraph (February 2007) as one of the changing faces of IT.

Peter Gradwell has sponsored the creation of It is a community-led VoIP forum aiming to become the UK's main reference point for internet telephony.

For two years (April 2002-April 2004) he contributed to the work of Nominet, the think-tank for UK domain name policy. As Chairman of Nominet's policy advisory board he was instrumental in guiding extensive debate.

He is a founding member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA), the UK trade body that, among other activities, lobbies OFCOM.

Additionally he holds several non-executive directorships for Internet Service companies and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Bath in digital settlement systems comprise an analysis of the use of auctions to manage and procure resources via agent computer networks, known as The Grid.

In summer 2006, Peter was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society - one of the BCS's youngest-ever Fellows.

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7 August 2007.


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