Universal Communications Group Pty Ltd (UCG) Executive Chairman recently announced the signing of a 9 + 3 year contract to design, build and operate and maintain all ENE.HUB infrastructure assets in the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region. The arrangement formalises long standing existing relationships and will see UCG design, construct, maintain and support ENE.HUB’s Smart City infrastructure throughout the region. UCG delivers innovative telecommunications solutions and is a leading broadband communications network infrastructure specialist, operating across Australia and New Zealand, servicing key broadband operators such as NBN Co Ltd and Chorus Ltd.
ENE.HUB is a fully owned subsidiary of listed Canadian-based, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners – a leading global infrastructure company that owns and operates long-life assets in the utilities, transport, energy and data infrastructure sectors across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. ENE.HUB plans, funds, builds, maintains and manages connected networks of SMART.NODES – the most advanced enabler of Smart City Services available today.
UCG Executive Chairman, Ralf Luna stated “I am delighted and proud that UCG has been selected by ENE.HUB as its strategic deployment and operations and maintenance partner. We have been working with ENE.HUB for a number of years and recognise the ground-breaking initiatives the company is offering the Smart City community.” Mr. Luna added “The long-term commitment to UCG that ENE.HUB have made is also a reflection on how well-regarded UCG is within the industry.”
ENE.HUB Co-CEO Scott Williams also stated “we are elated to have an organisation such as UCG on board as part of the ENE.HUB team. After an extensive procurement process, UCG were clearly our best option and we look forward to developing our collaborative relationship with them even further over the coming decade. This agreement will provide further confidence to our customers that the world leading Smart City infrastructure and services that ENE.HUB provide will be maintained and operated at levels beyond their expectation.”
UCG and ENE.HUB have collaborated on a number of SMART.NODE deployments and some of these include: • Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens (NSW) • Geelong Foreshore (VIC) • Moreton Bay Council (QLD)
In addition to the design and construction of SMART.NODE deployments, UCG will commence the operation and management of all SMART.NODES currently in service across Australia for ENE.HUB’s clients. https://www.ucg.com.au https://ene-hub.com
The recent successful acquisition of the latest, globally recognised health and safety certification, ISO 45001, was proof of UCG’s total dedication” to the highest possible safety standards, according to UCG’s CEO, Muralee Siva.
The latest ISO certification is the fourth achieved by UCG in the areas of health, safety, environmental and quality standards, with ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and AS/NZS 4801 having been achieved shortly after business inception.
“The most recent certification means the trans-Tasman operations of UCG now qualify for quadruple ISO certifications – a rare achievement in today’s business environment”, Mr. Siva said.
“We were delighted with the integrated audit process, with the external auditor reporting zero nonconformances “, he said.
“It has been a massive investment by the company and a particularly arduous process for all the UCG team, but especially our committed certification/accreditation team – and it has all been worthwhile”.
Mr. Siva said UCG’s clients and customers could take great comfort from this achievement and it demonstrates the maturity and robustness of health, safety, environmental and quality systems across the entire UCG Group.
Mr. Siva congratulated the UCG team, which was led by Group Compliance Manager, Scott Dunmore.
“Scott and the UCG team’s efforts across both Australia and New Zealand will benefit our entire business ecosystem”, he said.
“I am very proud of the team’s achievement, which reinforces the high standards of service delivery UCG are renowned for”, Mr. Siva 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.
The benefits of using public transport have been enhanced by the recent rollout of a fibre connection project for Auckland Transport, managed and installed by telecommunications fibre services provider Universal Communications Group (UCG).
The installation of fibre connectivity at 123 public transport locations throughout Auckland has expanded bandwidth capabilities for commuters and enabled a pathway for improved internet services for commuters in the future. The successful conclusion of the project will deliver faster, more reliable and consistent connectivity.
It has also enhanced the city’s safety, augmenting the capability of the city’s 3000 CCTV cameras monitoring bus stops, train stations, ferry terminals, public transport interchanges and traffic movements on major roads.
The project involved Auckland Transport as the client, with Chorus contracting UCG to manage, design and deliver all of the fieldworks, including installation of the fibre. Local company Fusion Networks Ltd provided the network services. The video available here outlines how the project was delivered.
“Complex technology projects are challenging, especially when they involve multiple parties working together to bring their expertise to the right point at the right time,” said Roger Crellin, Executive General Manager of UCG in New Zealand.
“This project involved creating bespoke designs, with each location requiring its own design solution. Rolling out the delivery of so many fibre installations in public locations in a short time frame required significant up front planning. It was further complicated by the interrupation of Lockdown Level 3 and 4 as the installation was just getting under way,” Mr Crellin said.
“This is a great example of how different providers within the telecommunications sector can work together to deliver a highly complex design and installation project within a short time frame, under extremely trying conditions,” said Mr Crellin.
“I am very proud of the leadership shown by our UCG Design team, our Project Managers and our installation services to deliver this very important project to the people of Auckland,” he said.
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.