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Morrison Telecom Services and Telent Support Openreach’s FTTP Rollout UPDATE2

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 (12:01 am) - Score 10,085

Civil engineering firm Morrison Telecom Services (MTS), part of the M Group Services, and Telent both appear to have secured another contract (or extension) with Openreach (BT), which will see them support the operator’s expanded £12bn UK deployment of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP technology.

Openreach awarded MTS with a new Network Services Agreement (ONSA) earlier this year, which extended their existing work with the national operator (here). But crucially that was before the new roll-out programme was announced, hence today’s news.

NOTE: Openreach are investing £12bn to cover 20 million UK premises with FTTP by around the mid to late 2020s (2025 – 2030). Over 3 million have already been reached and 4.5m should be hit by March 2021.

MTS will now build new infrastructure in Alloway, Beith, Kilbirnie, Maybole, Prestwick, Stewarton and Troon in Ayrshire; Midlothian in Scotland; Burton, Galgate, Hest Bank, Heysham, Lancaster and Morecambe in Lancashire; Basildon, Herongate, Purfleet and Thurrock in Essex; Adur in West Sussex and Medway in Kent. There will also be additional build in previously announced locations including Edinburgh, Sheffield and Worthing.

The company will thus play a key role in building the new network to thousands of premises in these locations, with detailed planning activity already under way and construction due to start during the next 18 months. MTS noted that they’re one of nine partners to win contracts with Openreach for their “full fibre” build.


Pat Carolan, MD of MTS, said:

“We are excited to have been chosen to work with Openreach on this critical infrastructure build programme. This contract award provides Morrison Telecom Services with an opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of ultrafast connectivity to homes and businesses in these local communities. The rollout programme will see our teams of engineers and support staff delivering full design, survey and build activities, including all civils-related works, from the exchange to the premises. Setting the highest performance standards in safety, innovation and customer engagement, we look forward to working with Openreach, the local authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure the success of this latest phase of ‘Full Fibre’ broadband delivery.”

Ric Welsby, MD of Telent’s Infrastructure Services, said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Openreach to be a major supplier as it expands the number of homes with access to ultrafast fibre broadband. The pandemic has demonstrated the critical nature of fast and reliable broadband and Openreach is accelerating its deployment to meet increased demand. We are extremely proud to be playing a part in the roll out of this important national infrastructure.”

Lest we forget that the demand for skilled fibre engineers is extremely high at the moment and thus it makes sense for Openreach to secure enough resources to deliver on their plans ahead of time.

UPDATE 10:18am

We’ve tweaked the article to add mention of Telent as also securing a directly related contract with Openreach.

UPDATE 11:49am

We’ve now been given a breakdown to show which areas each contractor will be focused upon.

Telent MTS KN Circet MJ Quinn’s Instalcom
Folsehill Lancaster Heme lHempstead Leyland Balham
Willowcroft Sheffield Aberdeen Woodley Kidbrooke
Newcastle U Lyme Donaldson Douglas Ellesmere Port  
Walsall Ayr Giffnock Huyton  
Wednesbury Laindon Loughton Barry  
Newcastle Central Gillingham Orpington Newport  
Castleford Worthing Central Paignton    
St Peters        


JHG Kelly’s NMCN Kier  
Northampton Hove Arnold Swindon  

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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14 Responses
  1. Confused says:

    In you update at 11:19am you list a lot of towns that are not list anywhere else in this report

    1. Confused says:

      Add to above – I was referring to places under Telent and MTS

  2. Granger says:

    A bit of trivia – Telent is the legal and remaining successor to the once massive General Electric Company (GEC).

    Some of you might remember 20 years ago when they sold of Marconi Electronic Systems to British Aerospace (to create BAE Systems) and focussed their business on telecoms and renamed themselves as Marconi plc. A combination of the dotCom bubble burst and not winning any of the BT 21CN contracts they were expecting, led to them selling most of their business to Ericsson. The company (now restructured as Marconi Corporation) renamed the remaining business as Telent.

    It was a pretty amazing fall from grace in such a sort space of time for a company that at one point was Britain’s largest private employer with over 250,000 employees and businesses as diverse from aerospace, lifts, railway manufacturing, computers and much more.

  3. cdh1981 says:

    Under the list for Telent, I think you may have a typo – “Folsehill” – I think this is meant to be Foleshill, which is an area of Coventry.

    Also the Space for “Hemel Hempstead” under KN Circet is in the wrong place.

  4. Paul says:

    What about lightsource? Currently knee deep in fibre cities in Manchester and Leeds and FTTP build in west south and North Yorkshire

  5. Dean warboys says:

    KN CIRCET have balham
    This article is false

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      The list is sent via Openreach, so if there’s a mistake then that’s on them and we’d like to think they’d know. It’s worth pointing out that this is only the latest phase, so some contractors may be working in other areas as part of an earlier deal.

  6. BP says:

    Is that burton upon trent in the list, I live just sound of burton by 2 Mile in barton under needwood really hope we get FTTP.

    Fttc is getting slow with everyone using it down here.

  7. Rick says:

    Is there anyway to identify exactly where these operators plan to roll out infrastructure to? St a Street or postcode level?

  8. Mark Pickering says:

    I spoke to a man up a pole in Matfield, Kent who was working for Morisons Telco. He told me he was installing Fibre from the echange for FTTP and his stretch (along my country lane) would be live my the end of the week. He estimated that Openreach would have theri offering ready in 4-6 weeks and if I was lucky I could have FTTP by Christmas.

    Is this too good to be true? Does anyone have any other information on this?

  9. Chrissy says:

    Why is Doncaster always overlooked. It is an area always undervalued and last in line for everything. We are left to fall more and more behind with regards to technology but are expected to pay the same price for our really poor services. Prices should reflect speeds and capabilities but I am left paying the same as my colleague who has broadband speeds 7 times faster than my best. Something must be done to help the poorer areas of the country

  10. Phillip Boddy says:

    Is there any information on North Yorkshire, more specifically Northallerton. Thanks

  11. Damian says:

    Any other info about this?

    Seems strange after I read this last year, I’ve checked on OpenReach website and it did state FTTP is coming to my area, but I can’t find that announcement anymore, plus there is nothing happening on the street… 🙁

    Is there any general indication of the timeframe?

  12. Bob Paterson says:

    So reading the above it appears Midlothian in Scotland should be developed by MTS during this phase – yet the list of areas they are focusing on doesn’t mention it at all. Is this because it’s a Local Authority area rather than a specific town, or are there separate timescales for Scotland?

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