CityFibre Expands Strategic Alliance with Bechtel to Support Accelerated Fiber Deployment


After receiving more than £ 1.25 billion in new investment, CityFibre has significantly expanded and expanded its partnership with engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel.

CEO Greg Mesch told the recent Connected Britain conference his company has rolled out fiber-optic broadband to underserved areas of the country that have been left behind by incumbents and will continue to grow across the Kingdom United and support its ambition.

The backdrop to the program is CityFibre’s plan, the UK’s largest alternative wholesale fiber infrastructure provider, to support the continued acceleration of its deployment to around a third of the UK market by 2025 and the will government to accelerate the delivery of gigabit compatible broadband across the country by 2025, a legislative journey that began in January 2020.

All gigabit broadband networks delivered under CityFibre’s £ 4 billion investment program are located outside the M25 and the Greater London area.

Bechtel is best known for carrying out large infrastructure projects around the world and has extensive experience in the communications infrastructure market. She has more than seven decades of experience in the UK market, managing major construction contracts including the Channel Tunnel and High Speed ​​1, and has overseen metro and fiber-to-premises deployments. (FTTP) for AT&T, Verizon, XO and Google. Fiber in the United States and the pan-European network Viatel Cerce.

From the start, CityFibre said that Bechtel was not used as an outsourcing provider, but rather was hired to work as part of its organizational structure. Indeed, Bechtel’s teams have been fully integrated into CityFibre’s organizational structure since September 2020, enabling CityFibre to accelerate the mobilization of its 25 network-building partners and to manage more than 60 parallel constructions in town and city.

Bechtel also helped strengthen project controls to improve operational management, establish controls around risk and change, and increase productivity.

The new agreement is a five-year extension of the partnership and CityFibre says it will “take full advantage” of Bechtel’s megaproject expertise in the areas of project control, construction management, management. contracts and the environment, safety and health. Bechtel will focus its leadership and construction management efforts in CityFibre’s north and southeast regions, the areas with the highest density of parallel construction.

He will also continue to provide functional support in all regions, as well as develop resource models to ensure that thousands of other agents are trained and available to create partners to help build the network. Bechtel’s resource capabilities will also support CityFibre’s potential participation in Building Digital UK’s Project Gigabit program to bring integral fiber to rural areas of the UK.

By the end of 2022, CityFibre expects more than 150 parallel constructions of towns, cities and villages to be underway. By the end of 2025, the deployment is expected to reach around 285 sites and reach up to eight million homes in the UK.

Mesch said: “It is a pleasure to extend our alliance with Bechtel after an extremely successful year as partners. Over the past 12 months, they have worked closely with our teams to deliver extraordinary acceleration in our deployment. This rate will only increase as we start new projects and maximize the productivity of each build.

“We are delighted that Bechtel, with its unmatched experience of large-scale and complex construction projects, will work alongside us in the years to come as we continue to build the UK’s best all-fiber infrastructure platform. United. “

John Williams, Managing Director of Infrastructure at Bechtel UK & Ireland, added: “We are really proud of what we have achieved with CityFibre in just one year. This new alliance will deepen our partnership, help maintain CityFibre’s incredible growth trajectory and help to sustain the country’s digital infrastructure for communities across the UK.

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