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15/09/2020

Kier To Build New Broadband Infrastructure In Swindon

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Kier has won a contract by Openreach to build new broadband infrastructure in Swindon and other areas of Wiltshire.

The award will support Openreach's £12 billion project to deliver ultrafast, ultra reliable 'Full Fibre' broadband to millions of homes and businesses throughout the UK.

Over the next 18 months, Kier will survey, plan and construct a new network to premises in Swindon as well as Royal Wootton Bassett and Highworth in Wiltshire.

Kier is one of nine partners who will be helping to expand Openreach's full fibre network to a further two million premises across the UK.

Barry McNicholas, General Managing Director of Kier Utilities & Rail, said: "The need for reliable and fast broadband speeds has never been greater and we are delighted to have secured this new work with Openreach and support their ambitious plans of bringing full fibre broadband to millions of homes and businesses.

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"Our experience within the telecoms market means we are well-placed to support the build and delivery of these networks in Swindon and Wiltshire and working collaboratively with Openreach, we look forward to delivering this vital new infrastructure."

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."

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