Cuckoo partnering with Kraken

Utilities software Kraken licences first ever broadband deal

Tommy Toner

Tommy Toner | Chief Experience Officer

Kraken Utilities, part of Octopus Energy Group, has landed its first broadband deal by licensing to disruptor Cuckoo. The deal was struck within a year of the launch of Kraken Utilities, which was created to take Kraken to utilities beyond energy, such as broadband and water.

The cloud platform ‘Kraken’ has already revolutionised the energy industry and is contracted to serve 30 million customer accounts across 14 countries including the UK, the US, Japan, Australia and a large portion of mainland Europe. 

Octopus Energy was Kraken’s first client and rapidly grew because of its quick and efficient service enabled by the tech platform. It is now the second largest energy supplier in the UK and the only one that has been recommended by consumer champion Which? for six years in a row.   

National internet service provider Cuckoo was launched in 2020 by digital entrepreneurs set on shaking up telecoms in the same way by insisting on obsessive focus around customers, and calling for better industry standards. 

Kraken will enable the replication of Octopus’ famously efficient operating model which reduces the cost-to-serve by up to 40% and leads to better client and employee satisfaction. It delivers over 100 releases a day supported by automatic testing, giving faster development compared to competitors. It also makes it easier for customers to solve their own issues.

Deepak Ravindran, CEO of Kraken Utilities, said: “We're absolutely thrilled to sign Cuckoo as our first licensee in the Telecom industry. We see a lot of similarities in Octopus and Cuckoo - one has disrupted its sector, the other is about to - and both thanks to Kraken. Cuckoo customers are about to experience first class service.”

Tommy Toner, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Cuckoo , said: “We set up Cuckoo in the depths of the pandemic because we had the burning drive to make the broadband experience better. We’ve grown quickly, but to drive real change, we need the tech prowess and operational expertise that Kraken will unlock. We’re delighted to be their first broadband client.”

Development work begins now, with the intention of starting to migrate Cuckoo customers to its own Kraken-enabled in-house tech platform in the next few months.

Disruptor Cuckoo becomes Kraken Utilities’ first broadband licencee (Source: Kraken Utilities)

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