Kier, a provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been hired by Openreach to build full fibre broadband in additional locations across the UK.
Beginning this month, Kier will survey, plan and construct new broadband infrastructure in urban and rural areas in the west and south of England as well as Scotland.
The latest award builds on the work Kier is currently delivering in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire to support Openreach’s aims of reaching 25 million premises over the next five years, and support the UK Government’s target of delivering ‘gigabit capable broadband’ to 85% of UK by 2025.
Kier will also provide job and training opportunities, including apprenticeships, at each of the locations – Dunfermline, Windsor, Bracknell, Winton, Woodley and Gosport.
The firm will also work with local supply chain partners to deliver the digital infrastructure.
Kier Utilities group managing director Barry McNicholas said: “We are proud to be working with Openreach to deliver full fibre broadband in locations across the UK. This latest award means we can work together to provide reliable digital connectivity for more communities.
“Our experience within the telecoms sector means we are well placed to deliver this vitally important new digital infrastructure in urban and rural areas. As we carry out these works, we will work with our network of local supply chain partners as part of our commitment to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we work.”
Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: “Nobody’s building Full Fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach in the UK. Our engineers and build partners are working flat-out to deliver this life-changing technology to rural, urban and suburban communities all over the country and we’re delighted to be fleshing out our plans with more details about where and when we’ll be building.”
Image: Beginning this month, Kier will survey, plan and construct new broadband infrastructure in urban and rural areas in the UK. Credit: Kier Group.