OptiComm names UCG as a delivery partner for the next phase of the South Brisbane and Velocity estates network upgrades
In December 2020, Uniti Group Limited (“Uniti”) acquired the South Brisbane and Velocity estates FTTP networks from
Telstra Corporation Limited. OptiComm, Uniti’s Wholesale network subsidiary is currently carrying out the work to upgrade
and migrate services across on to the OptiComm network.
As part of this work, OptiComm has signed an agreement with Universal Communications Group (UCG) to help provide
end-to-end service for the design, build, construction, and commissioning of new optical line termination racks (OLTs) to
support the upgrade of services in the South Brisbane and Velocity estates.
Under the agreement, UCG will perform design and deployment services, including materials and logistics management,
rack assembly and testing, site make ready works, rack installation, integration and site acceptance testing and overall
project management for this phase of the project.
The works will be carried out within 72 Telstra exchanges which service the 128 Velocity estates located across all major
capital cities in Australia. Each of the exchange deployments will be completed in alignment with the transition roadmap for
services on the Velocity and South Brisbane FTTP estates.
Subscriber services are expected to start transitioning onto the XGS-PON enabled Uniti FTTP network in July 2022, with
the customer migrations taking approximately 12 months to complete.
“This is an exciting project for both UCG and OptiComm, the planned upgrades and subscriber migrations will benefit
approximately 50,000 active customers by providing residents access to fast broadband built to support their increasing
bandwidth needs. We’ve chosen to work with UCG because of their experience and track record in delivering high quality
broadband design and construction services at scale. We have high confidence in their ability to meet the deployment
timelines.” Andy Page Opticomm’s Chief Technology Officer said.
In announcing the news, UCG’s Chief Executive Officer Muralee Siva said that “UCG is thrilled to be working alongside Uniti
and OptiComm to support their growing fibre infrastructure assets. With our strong track record and expertise in building
and maintaining telecommunication networks over many years, we are looking forward to playing an active role in
successfully transitioning the South Brisbane and Velocity network for OptiComm.”
Uniti Group is a leading diversified provider of telecommunications services. Uniti’s wholesale network subsidiary, OptiComm, is one of Australia’s
leading independent wholesale access broadband providers. With over 14 years’ experience in building, owning and operating networks, OptiComm
helps connect more Australians to fast broadband services.
Universal Communications Group Pty Ltd (UCG) is a leading supplier of telecommunications network design, construction, operations, maintenance
and project management services. The company works closely with network operators to optimise the performance of their existing and planned
infrastructure and to ensure that deployments are delivered fit for purpose and future proofed.
Universal Communications Group Pty Ltd (UCG) has been awarded a contract by Essential Energy to supply all resources and materials to survey, design and construct over 90 kilometres of new pit and pipe and install over 105 kilometres of 96 core fibre cable between the towns of Temora and West Wyalong in regional NSW. The purpose of the project is to provide a communications service to the proposed solar farms in the outskirts of West Wyalong.
UCG is a leading supplier of network design, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services. The company works closely with Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest telecommunications operators to optimise the performance of their existing and planned infrastructure and to ensure that deployments are delivered fit for purpose and future-proofed.
This recent announcement is an exciting opportunity for UCG as it continues its growth strategy to build and operate communications networks for its clients beyond the traditional telecommunications industry. UCG’s Chief Executive Officer, Muralee Siva, stated “UCG is delighted to be given this opportunity to build a critical piece of infrastructure in regional NSW and is looking forward to being a long-term strategic partner to Essential Energy through this contract.”
Both companies are looking forward to successfully delivering this project and working together to bring advanced fibre communications to remote regions in NSW.
For further information please contact:
UCG CEO Muralee Siva on +61 7 3088 2711; or Michelle Boag on +64 21 940884
An Australasian technology company has today announced a scheme to incentivise its workers and delivery partners across New Zealand and Australia to get vaccinated, if they haven’t been already.
Universal Communications Group is one of New Zealand and Australia’s leading suppliers of Telecommunication services, with an ecosystem of over 1250 employees, contractors and delivery partners who are contracted to carry out project management, installation and maintenance.
Executive Chairman of UCG, Ralf Luna, said the company wanted to demonstrate its commitment to its Australian and New Zealand operations to support an accelerated vaccination programme, which was a key component in getting both economies back to work.
“Today we have announced an incentive scheme where every employee who gets a double dose of the vaccination will receive an extra days’ annual leave. This is in addition to the paid time off we currently provide to staff in order to get their vaccination. In addition, every Delivery Partner technician will receive a $100 gift once they can demonstrate that they have received their double vaccinations,” Mr. Luna said.
“Workers already vaccinated will receive these benefits retrospectively.”
“The vaccine rollout appears to be accelerating across both Australia and New Zealand and both Governments are assuring us that availability is not a problem, so we want to get our recently eligible workforce protected by a double dose of the vaccine as soon as possible,” Mr. Luna said.
“We are also conscious that our work often involves our staff being out and about in the community, and the technicians employed by our Delivery Partners visit people’s businesses and homes to install and maintain our customer’s broadband connections. We are always well prepared for any outbreak with PPE and secure protocols, but the advantage of having our total workforce vaccinated is a further protection for our customers, our workforce and their families,” Mr. Luna said.
“This offer is open to our Australia and New Zealand ecosystem of employees and delivery partner technicians from 1 September 2021 right through to 31 March 2022.
“UCG has a strong culture based on our shared values of being challenging in our thinking, working together to achieve success and doing what is right because it is the right thing to do. This is the right thing to do,” said Mr. Luna.
“We hope that other companies will adopt similar approaches to incentivising their staff to be part of an aggressive vaccination strategy that is going to allow both New Zealand and Australia to open up to the world more quickly, and benefit all of us,” he said.
Universal Communications Group Pty Ltd (UCG) is a leading supplier of telecommunications network design, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services. The company is relied upon by some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest telecommunications operators to research, develop, trial and deliver new broadband deployment concepts, smart city technologies and bespoke IoT solutions. UCG works closely with network operators to optimise the performance of their existing and planned infrastructure and to ensure that deployments are delivered fit for purpose and future proofed.
For more information, or to organise an interview, please contact:
Michelle Boag, Boag Allan SVG
+6421 940 884
UCG’s SMALL BUSINESS SUPPLIERS TO GET BUSINESS SERVICES BOOST
Telecommunications services corporate UCG (Universal Communications Group) is providing a huge boost to its New Zealand Delivery Partner subcontractors by signing them all up as full members of the EMA (Employers and Manufacturers Association NZ) to enable them to have full access to legal, human resources, employee relations and business support and training services.
UCG is one of New Zealand and Australia’s leading suppliers of a range of telecommunications design, construction and maintenance services, specialising in next generation networks.
“Our Delivery Partners are a key part of our ecosystem of providing programme management of installation and maintenance services to the telecommunications sector, the construction industry and infrastructure providers,” said UCG’s NZ Executive General Manager, Roger Crellin.
“The current economic climate is a challenging one for small businesses in New Zealand and we want to do everything we can to help the small businesses that support our work,” he said.
“Full membership of the EMA means they can access focused specific advice on employment issues where they need guidance and also have constant access to advice on how to improve employee relations,” said Mr Crellin.
The support from UCG includes access to the nationwide EMA network which includes Business NZ, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association.
“Membership of the EMA will support the principals of our Delivery Partners (DPs) by providing them with the business advice to help them better manage and scale their business. This will enable the DPs to easily obtain qualified and comprehensive employment relations support and upskilling opportunities, including access to education, training events and forums held by the EMA.
“We want to support our DPs to grow and become the most stable, responsible and compliant employers possible in these times of challenging compliance and legislative change,” Mr Crellin said.
Benefits of the new programme include:
• Advice line 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm Friday
• Website extensive resources on call 24/7
• A-Z guides with over
• Briefings, personal seasonal updates on all matters commercial, advocate and HR legal, delivered from Kaitaia to Taupo by EMA and nationwide by other regions, as well as a virtual webinar
• Events networking, webinars (some no charge) on all topical matters (e.g.) vaccinations
• Training membership heavily discounted prices for all public training courses (over 70) as well as OSH qualifications which are ITO recognised. 120 e-learning courses in the library
• Bulletin weekly updates from Employment Authority findings, legislation updates and risks
• Direct access to an Account Manager for general membership support
• Partners’ discounts with nib Insurance, Z Energy, Malcolm Pacific Immigration, NZ Payroll Association
For further information please contact Roger Crellin, 027-7744420 or Michelle Boag, 021-940884
UCG’s Auckland Office hosted a visit on Thursday 15 April from Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner Craig Knowles. The visit was prompted by the strong relationship that UCG has with the Queensland Trade and Investment Office.
UCG Executive General Manager Roger Crellin took the opportunity to show Mr Knowles the new ENE.HUB SMART.NODE ® technology that is underpinning the development of Smart Cities. Addressing UCG staff, Mr Knowles talked about the key role that fibre networks and connections play in delivering health and education infrastructure.
Below: Hon Craig Knowles addressing UCG Auckland staff
Above: Roger Crellin, UCG Executive General Manager, New Zealand, showing Australian Trade Commissioner Craig Knowles the ENE.HUB SMART.NODE ® . Also pictured is Richard Simpson, Director of the Queensland Trade and Investment Office
UCG WINS BID FOR WORLD BANK SUPPORTED CONTRACT TO BRING FIBRE CONNECTIVITY TO ISOLATED PACIFIC ISLANDS
Universal Communications Group (UCG) has achieved a major win by being awarded a tender to
deliver critical telecommunications infrastructure to the Federated States of Micronesia in a project
supported by the World Bank. UCG will design a Fibre to the Home network in the three main
islands of Yap, Pohnpei and the Kosrae States of Micronesia, a project which UCG Group CEO
Muralee Siva describes as a “game-changer” for the Pacific nation.
The Federated States of Micronesia is an archipelago of 607 islands covering 2.6 million sq km just
north of the equator in the western Pacific Ocean. UCG is one of New Zealand and Australia’s
leading suppliers of a range of broadband design and construction services, particularly for next
generation broadband networks. The contract was tendered by Federated States of Micronesia
Telecommunications Cable (FSMT Cable), supported by grant funding from the World Bank.
FSMT Cable is an open access wholesale only infrastructure provider and is a key part of the FSM
Government’s strategy to unlock the digital potential of the nation. “This is a way of introducing new
players into our market to make sure that there’s competition, that there are options for our citizens
in the telecommunications field,” stated FSM President David Panuelo. “We’re confident that this is
going to definitely benefit our citizens.” he added.
“Expanding access to world class telecommunications services will promote private sector
investment in digital services and establish the critical foundations for digital government services
and the digital economy for this country of 105,000 people,” Mr Siva said.
“Providing connectivity to households, businesses, schools and government will facilitate
unconstrained access to the recent investments in undersea fibre connectivity between FSM and
the wider world. This is a fantastic initiative for the people of FSM and we believe it is a very
effective model for other, equally resource-challenged Pacific nations,” Mr Siva said.
“The recent COVID-19 crisis has also highlighted the need for improved telecommunications to
support people working in isolation as well as supporting expanding economies throughout the
region. Importantly, COVID-19 will be no barrier to the implementation of this project because our
skilled management team have developed systems and processes that enable remote training for
the FSM local team in the prerequisite skills required to deliver a successful deployment of the UCG
designed FTTH (Fibre To The Home) networks. This skills transfer is a vital component of building
local capability for the operation and future expansion of local networks,” Mr Siva said.
“The project underscores our UCG values of innovation, team-work and integrity which have been
recognised in the awarding of this contract. We are extremely proud of the work of our New
Zealand and Australian teams who have combined their expertise to deliver a great outcome for this
small Pacific nation,” Mr Siva said.
Universal Communications Group (UCG) has established a new Smart Cities Business Unit to
support growing demand for services outside the traditional telecommunication markets and has
appointed Ian Hatton as the General Manager Smart Cities to support the growth in the smart city
space. UCG Group CEO, Muralee Siva, said “The establishment of the new Business Unit is the
next logical step for UCG which reflects the growing demand for smart city solutions, including
remote working, automation, near real-time information and always-on technologies. We are
excited to have Ian, who is one of the pre-eminent leaders in this field, join our experienced
Executive Team as part of the Group’s continued growth”.
Mr Hatton was responsible for the implementation of Australia’s largest IoT network in one of South
East Queensland’s largest and leading councils, delivering financial, environmental and economic
benefits, including smart metering for a local water utility over a large-scale LoRaWAN network and
cutting edge, cloud-based data analytics and data science tools.
Mr Hatton has also led the construction of a new council-owned optical fibre network which was a
key enabler to successfully hosting one of the biggest major international sporting events ever held
in Queensland, and achieving capacity increases and substantial direct and indirect financial
benefits. The network also supports the operation of the largest free public Wi-Fi network in
Australian local government, realising millions of dollars in direct and indirect benefits for over 2
million users to date.
This new Business Unit builds on UCG’s 25 years of telecommunications experience, and reflects
the global shift towards smart city investments.
“The recent COVID-19 crisis has significantly accelerated the work from home and smart city
agendas. We believe that the continued move towards smart technologies and remote working will
gather pace in the coming years, requiring enhanced underlying telecommunications networks and
integration across previously separate operating environments” said Mr Siva.