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
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.
UCG is delighted to announce an extension to its UFB2 and UFB2+ contract with Chorus to 31st March 2022 and a continuance of the successful UFB1 contract, providing subcontracted Delivery Partners with security of future workflow at this uncertain time.
Chief Executive of UCG, Muralee Siva, said today that UCG is delighted to further cement what has been a successful and long-standing relationship with Chorus and the New Zealand public in the delivery of the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative.
“The announcement of this extension comes at a very good time, both for UCG and for our Delivery Partners, as it delivers sustainability and longevity of works to the whole delivery chain, as we navigate the fallout of the COVID19 pandemic,” said Mr Siva.
“We moved early to adapt our business to the new conditions imposed by the Covid19 outbreak. This included new safety protocols for staff, ensuring appropriate supplies of PPE were available and adapting our works processes, to ensure households are kept safe during their installation to the Chorus UFB network,” Mr Siva said.
“This agreement to extend our contract will allow us to focus further on the types of innovative projects that have characterised our most recent engagement with Chorus, such as the upgrade to UFB for Auckland Transport’s CCTV smart-sites.”
Andrew Carroll, Chorus’ GM Customer & Network Operations said, “Now more than ever, Chorus has a critical role to play in getting New Zealanders connected to the best possible broadband. “We’re pleased to be extending our close relationship with UCG, so they can continue their valuable work in connecting homes and businesses across the country to our fibre network. They have played a significant role in connecting the many of the 800,000 plus fibre connections we have built in the last four years,” Mr Carroll said.
About UCG: Universal Communications Group (UCG) is one of New Zealand and Australia’s leading suppliers of a range of broadband design, cabling and construction services, particularly for next generation cable networks. For 20 years, UCG has provided innovative fulfilment solutions to the telecommunications sector.
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Move over Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – the Gold Coast is leading the way with major infrastructure projects to rival work in the nation’s capitals.
The city’s now boasting the fastest internet in the country, thanks to a fibre-optic cable that was installed for the Commonwealth Games.
“It’s almost got unlimited capacity to move data around the city,” Digital City Program Manager Ian Hatton said.
The cable’s fibre count provides internet 10times faster than the NBN. It’s a major coup for the city’s Mayor Tom Tate who boasted: “We’re way ahead of the game”.
The fibre-optic cable runs 45 kilometres and has been installed to make the Games the safest in history.
“The CCTV camera network for the Games is doubling in size and everything’s moving to high definition,” Mr Hatton said.
It will allow real-time, live-streaming of events but Mr Hatton believes the real benefit will be after the games.
Fifty thousand businesses are expected to connect and residents will also have access to free public Wi-Fi.
The fibre-optic cable runs along the light rail route – another project that’s pushed the city forward since it first took off in 2014.
“This type of infrastructure is all about supporting future growth,” according to Jason Ward from G:link.
There’s now 19 stations from Helensvale to Broadbeach and it takes just 45 minutes to travel from either end of the Coast.
Upwards of 800,000 people use G:link every month and it’s expected during the Games close to a million people will use the city’s newest mode of transport.
“The G will be a big carrier of those people,” Mr Ward said.
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Chorus Ltd announced today that after an extensive tendering process, it has awarded a major broadband network connection contract to Universal Communications Group Ltd (UCG).
Previously reported in January 2017, the New Zealand government agency Crown Fibre Holdings, had awarded the majority of the second stage (UFB2) of the national ultrafast broadband fibre network rollout to Chorus. This new contract, known as UFB2 Connect Services, involves UCG connecting up to 203,000 homes and businesses in 169 provincial towns throughout New Zealand. UCG will also be entering new UFB1 areas to provide connect services for premises in Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane, Nelson and Blenheim.
UCG’s three-year contract is valued at just under $NZD75 million and preliminary activities will commence in late September.
UCG Chairman, Professor Iain Morrison said “I am extremely pleased with the progress UCG has made in working with Chorus since our initial contract was signed in 2014. We believe there is a very good cultural fit between the two organisations and that view is vindicated today”.
UCG CEO Rafael Luna added “The real reason I believe UCG was awarded the contract was all the hard work my team has done in the past three years supporting Chorus. I am extremely satisfied with the hard work, dedication and innovation the New Zealand team have shown. We look forward to working closely with Chorus on this project and realise that by its nature, it will present some logistical challenges. However, over the past three years the two organisations have worked very well together and we see this partnership continuing”.
Auckland based UCG is a broadband technology infrastructure specialist, skilled in network and premises design and construction. It has experience in delivering high volume, telecommunications service deployment across a variety of technologies. Headquartered in Brisbane, it operates throughout both New Zealand and Australia and has recently focused on national broadband deployment initiatives in both countries.
A number of UCG’s New Zealand management team recently attended Chorus’s annual “Service Person of the Year” (SPOTY) awards for the 2016 period.
It is an event where Chorus recognises the excellence of a number of front-line people across its four service companies (UCG, Visionstream, Broadspectrum and Downer). This was the first time UCG attended, and we were very well received by our peers and customer. UCG’s Consents Team were recognised by Chorus as the TEAM OF THE YEAR. We see this as an awesome recognition and our team as well-deserved inaugural winners of this award. Chorus’ Mark Mayerhofler, who works closely with UCG’s Consents Team, stated “…very well deserved recognition, we are all really proud of your achievement here.”
UCG nominated Cellwatch as our delivery partner team of the year for service excellence which was endorsed by Chorus and presented as part of their awards. Amando Tanquintic accepted the award on behalf of Cellwatch.
It is always great to celebrate excellence and success, and look forward to ensuring more celebration at next year’s awards.
For further information contact Paul Trotman on (NZ) 0800 961 223.
UCG has again been successfully placed in the BRW Fast 100 List of fastest-growing Australian companies for 2016. This is the third year in a row UCG has achieved this a distinction with a rank of 18th out of 100 – the same as 2015.
The BRW Fast 100 list has for 27 years ranked Australia’s fastest growing, public and private, small and medium businesses. The annual list has established a strong reputation as being the premier guide to the fastest growing small and medium businesses in Australia.
CEO Ralf Luna said: “The last three years has seen fantastic growth for the company and I want to once again thank all the people of UCG for their considerable efforts in getting us to this position. We are very proud to have received this recognition. It’s the good performance of our people that contributes to our success.”
The full list of the BRW Fast 100 achievers can be found at http://www.afr.com/leadership/brw-lists/fast-100/brw-fast-100-2016-20161116-gsqydz