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Kelly Group awarded new work from Openreach to support the UK’s biggest ultrafast broadband build
Company will help to build ultra-reliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband to thousands of homes and businesses in Sussex
UK-based Kelly Group has been awarded a lucrative contract by Openreach to support a massive £12 billion project that’s bringing ultrafast, ultrareliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband to millions of homes and businesses throughout the UK.
The company will build significant additional gigabit-capable infrastructure in Adur and Worthing in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove in East Sussex. The locations are already included in Openreach’s investment programme.
Kelly Group will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands more premises in these locations, with detailed planning activity already under way and construction due to start during the next 18 months.
The contract award follows a competitive tender process and will see Kelly Group supporting Openreach’s ambition to build ‘Full Fibre’ infrastructure to 20 million premises throughout the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s – delivering significant economic, social and environmental benefits for urban communities.
Openreach’s Full Fibre network is already available to more than three million homes and businesses across the UK and Kelly Group is one of nine partners to win contracts which will see that extended to at least a further two million premises. As part of the contract, Kelly Group will be responsible for construction tasks such as: surveying, building, testing and supporting Openreach to commission the network so that customers can place orders.
Timothy Kelly, Chairman at the Kelly Group, said; “We are both excited and proud to be chosen by our client Openreach as a strategic partner, to help to support them in this phase of what is an unprecedented investment program of building full fibre networks. This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to a critical telecommunications infrastructure build and will help to provide our people with career opportunities as well as providing career openings for local people in the areas we have been awarded."
Kevin Murphy, MD for Fibre and Network Delivery at Openreach, said: “Great connectivity is more important than ever, whether it’s to support home working, to keep in touch with family and friends, or to access digital services like health and education. Full Fibre broadband enables this in spades, and we’re ramping up our own efforts to build our new network to as many homes and businesses across the UK as we can.
“This is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK today, and if we’re going to deliver the enormous social, environmental and economic benefits that Full Fibre can bring, it’s important we can build the new network efficiently, safely and without compromising on quality.
We’re delighted to be partnering with Kelly Group because they’ll be pivotal in helping us achieve those aims for our customers and for the UK as a whole.”
Kelly Group is already recruiting people to help deliver this project and Openreach will be offering world class training as part of the build programme, which includes partner use of its 12 training schools across the UK. Interested candidates should visit for more info.