Mitie has won a competitive retender with Cornerstone, winning a new five-and-a-half-year contract on the nation’s largest telecoms estate.
Berkshire-based Cornerstone is a joint venture with Telefonica and Vodafone, formed in 2012 as a joint venture between the mobile phone operators Telefónica (trading as O2 in Britain) and Vodafone.
As part of the contract, Mitie will provide planned and reactive maintenance and engineering services to 20,000 telecoms assets on Cornerstone’s network, including every cell site for O2 and Vodafone – from Penzance and Perth, through to the Highlands and Islands.
This work will be carried out by Mitie’s team of mobile engineers, including specialist climbing engineers. Mitie will also be working to create a new ‘Telecoms Academy’ to find, inspire and hire the next generation of telecoms talent. This will include working with Cornerstone and DAEL Telecom to create the first cellular telecoms engineering apprenticeship.
Mitie will deploy its live dashboard, Mozaic, into Cornerstone’s own systems. Cornerstone will be able to review the detailed activity log, including the number of jobs taking place across its sites, time spent on each task, and job analytics. Mitie will also roll out its dynamic task scheduling software, which uses specialist algorithms to assign jobs automatically to individual engineers based on their workload, location and the priority of each job.
The services provider will also be able to reduce the environmental impact of the contract by optimising planned maintenance visits, minimising reactive works and reducing the number of engineer site visits – ‘truck rolls’ – each year.
Carlo Alloni, Mitie’s managing director of technical services and integrated FM, said: “Over the past five years, we have been proud to support Cornerstone and play our part in maintaining the nation’s critical telecoms infrastructure. It’s fantastic to see the hard work of the team rewarded with this new contract. As consumer and workplace behaviour changes, these assets are becoming ever more important to our daily lives. ”
Denis Coakley, Cornerstone’s chief operating officer, said: “Our combined industry expertise and our shared ambition will accelerate a step change in the management of mobile passive infrastructure in the UK.”
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