North West based Aberla Utilities, part of the Aberla Group, has formed a partnership with Spanish telecommunications experts, Gabitel Ingenieros, to undertake the design, surveying and installation of fibre network infrastructure across the UK.
The partnership agreement runs for four years and will be nationwide, reaching homes throughout the UK.
The Aberla Group, founded in 2015, is a Praetura and Northern Powerhouse backed business based in Warrington, which operates across the UK. Aberla provides telecoms, energy management, renewables and engineering services to many blue-chip companies, such as British Gas, Siemens, Eon and Domis.
Gabitel, founded in 2005, is very experienced in the fibre sector with a client portfolio boasting many multinational corporations, such as Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange, Nokia and Ezentis. With over 200 employees, Gabitel has been involved in connecting over 9 million homes to the fibre network across Europe and the Americas.
The telecommunications sector is growing exponentially. Investment is becoming more focused on projects designed to meet the government’s target of all homes having access to full fibre by 2025. According to the latest figures from Ofcom, existing fibre infrastructure only accommodates access for 10% of premises.
Paul McCarren, chief executive officer at the Aberla Group commented, “We are always looking to innovate and develop the services we provide for our clients. Our partnership with Gabitel complements the existing fibre installation activities we are currently undertaking for multiple clients across the North of England.”
Aberla is targeting 500,000 fibre surveys in the first year and is currently on track for completion.
Rodrigo Delgado Diez, chief executive officer at Gabitel affirmed, “Aberla has showcased a commitment to deliver on previous projects, and their desire to continuously innovate and develop their expertise outlines exactly why we were so keen to work with them. The injection of investment into the UK’s fibre network infrastructure, alongside our aspirations and Abela’s expertise, lays the groundwork for an incredible partnership between our businesses.”
The partnership has developed a class leading digital surveying/design tool, which enables the businesses to improve response times and ensure accuracy. Investment and collaboration are essential to achieving the government’s target of a full fibre infrastructure by 2025.