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Kier Secures Deal to Help Openreach Rollout Fibre Broadband

Monday, January 27th, 2020 (1:12 pm) - Score 2,701

Civil engineering firm Kier has today secured a new “multi-million poundOpenreach Network Services Agreement (ONSA), which is their first with the network operator. The deal will see them assisting the telecoms giant in deploying and maintaining both fibre optic and copper broadband services across Hampshire and Berkshire.

The contract – potentially worth over £15m – is set to run for an initial 5 year term and, alongside the ONSA works, Kier will also have the opportunity to bid for future works under Openreach’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) framework. At present the operator is deploying FTTP to cover 4 million UK premises by March 2021 and then they have an ambition for 15 million by around 2025.

The Kier group has also worked with various other broadband ISPs and network builders, such as Gigaclear, and have recently been quite busy around Devon and Somerset. The ONSA is essentially a framework for trusted Openreach field engineering partners.

Barry McNicholas, Kier Group MD for Utilities and Rail, said:

“This new award is a great opportunity to play a key role within Openreach’s current and future ambitions.

We have a long history of success in the telecoms sector and are responsible for the installation of over one million meters of fibre optic network cabling each year. It is this experience and technical expertise that will enable us to work in partnership with Openreach to deliver this essential works.”

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