• Ayrshire Daily News

Full Fibre’ broadband to thousands of homes and businesses in Ayrshire.

Morrison Telecom Services awarded new work from Openreach to support Scotland’s ultrafast broadband.

Morrison Telecom Services, a part of M Group Services, 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 new infrastructure in Alloway, Maybole, Prestwick and Troon in South Ayrshire; Beith and Kilbirnie in North Ayrshire; Stewarton in East Ayrshire; and Midlothian, as well as additional, gigabit-capable coverage in Edinburgh, which is already included in Openreach’s investment programme.

Morrison Telecom Services will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands of 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 Morrison Telecom Services 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 Morrison Telecom Services 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, Morrison Telecom Services will be responsible for construction tasks such as: surveying, building, testing and supporting Openreach to commission the network so that customers can place orders.

Pat Carolan, Managing Director of Morrison Telecom Services, said: “We are excited to have been chosen to work with Openreach on this critical infrastructure build programme. This contract award provides Morrison Telecom Services with another opportunity to work with Openreach in Scotland and to play a key role in the delivery of ultrafast connectivity to homes and businesses in these local communities.

This rollout programme will see our teams of engineers and support staff delivering full design, survey and build activities, including all civils-related works, from the exchange to the premises. Setting the highest performance standards in safety, innovation and customer engagement, we look forward to working with Openreach, the local authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure the success of this latest phase of ‘Full Fibre’ broadband delivery.”

Andrew Hepburn, Openreach’s director for Fibre Infrastructure Build in Scotland, 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 Scotland as we can.


“It’s one of the largest infrastructure projects in Scotland 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 Morrison Telecom Services because they’ll be pivotal in helping us achieve those aims for our customers and for Scotland and the UK as a whole.” 

Morrison Telecom Services 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 Scottish national training school in Livingston. Interested candidates should visit www.morrisonts.co.uk for more info.