Housing association VIVID has appointed Complete Technology Group (CTG) to manage the installation of full-fibre infrastructure across its high rise blocks of flats.
The digital infrastructure specialist will work with its sister company, Complete Fibre, and VIVID to optimise full-fibre network solutions for each high-rise in the housing provider’s portfolio.
VIVID has 34,000 homes in Hampshire and the surrounding area, with approximately 16,000 of those being blocks of flats.
Matt Bellamy, VIVID’s head of asset strategy and delivery, said: “The safety and quality of our homes is always our utmost priority. Working with CTG means we can deliver full-fibre infrastructure to all our customers living in high-rise flats, quickly, with little disruption but ensuring greater choice.
“Making our homes digital ready for fibre deployment, we can ensure that our customers have access to modern digital services when they are available. This will not only contribute to digital inclusion but allow this to take place at a faster rate than would have otherwise been possible.”
Under the programme, CTG will manage all communications with internet service providers (ISPs), provide advisory and planning services to VIVID regarding the digital infrastructure of its buildings, and then audit all work undertaken to ensure the highest compliance and safety standards are met.
As part of its approach to managing its housing portfolio, VIVID will install Complete Fibre, a single, open-access ‘plug-and-play’ digital infrastructure within suitable blocks, which multiple ISPs can connect into.
It means residents can still choose between broadband providers, but they face minimal disruption to their lives, or the integrity of the buildings, thanks to only a single installation taking place.
Chris McLain, CTG’s chief executive, said: “We understand how challenging it is for housing providers like VIVID to respond to the high volume of requests they receive from ISPs looking to enter their buildings, and then oversee fibre installations from a compliance and safety perspective.
“We’ll do the heavy-lifting with all stakeholders, ensuring hyper-fast, hyper-reliable broadband is delivered to all residents, without compromising on safety or standards.”
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