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Devon AltNet (Alternative Network) News

The last quarter for Jurassic Fibre has brought some massive changes to process and workflow. We are all super proud of how the depot and workforce alike have adapted to these changes, to ensure we continue to succeed in all areas of delivery. This has resulted in exceeded customer targets throughout April, May and June. Connecting at least 3,000 Homes to Jurassic’s network each month. 3500 in April, 4300 in May, and June bringing in over 3200 connections. Including Cabling, Splicing and Testing over 80km of Core alone. This is all while making a changeover to quarterly build targets which will kick off in July, a great effort by all involved.

The workforce both in office and out on site has grown by 30% or more respectively, which is a testament to the hard work of everyone before them. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and delivery targets has resulted in an increase in work volumes which justifies the growth. This growth is expected to continue, having just signed a new contract with another AltNet called Wildanet. We are also in discussions with Airband, with the hope to kick off that project in August or early September.

Thanks again to all of the team, and keep up all the hard work!

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BNE Devon news

KN Circet has engaged with BNE recently to assist with hundreds of PONs they have to deliver on their Openreach contract, this is great for BNE Devon, the team are committed and ready for this new challenge.

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A new BNE customer

Avonline Network Services, part of the M group of companies, is looking to develop a long-term relationship with BNE and assigned us our first few jobs, 33km of spine on their Virgin Media contract and 8km of spine on their VX fibre contract.

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Exceeded customer delivery

Telents Project Manager has passed on her thanks to the Cornwall BNE Team for the outstanding results for Q1 on Project Falcon Crownhill. She has commented that “over the past 18 months [Team BNE] has faced many challenges on the project, through hard work, dedication and commitment to the project these have all been overcome. Each quarter we agree on a handshake with the client that is stretching and in Q1 we not only delivered but exceeded this number which is absolutely fantastic. This is the first time in Crownhill that we have met handshake so to exceed it is something we should all be celebrating. Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved in delivering last quarter’s results. Well done, keep up the fantastic work and thank you Team BNE”.

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An Openreach thank you

Openreach sends their thanks to the Bristol BNE engineers, supervisors and back office staff for landing quarter one with a commendable total of 3000 homes despite it being a tricky and challenging quarter with very little fluidity at times.

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Conscientious, enthusiastic and dedicated staff.

Two Project Manager’s from telent has personally thanked one of our engineers for all her hard work, politeness and diligence with regards to health and safety on site.

Openreach and telent have commended one of our senior works co-ordinators for going above and beyond.

BNE is very proud to have conscientious, enthusiastic and dedicated employee’s and we are pleased when it is recognised by our customers.

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BNE Training Centre

We are pleased to share that the BNE Bristol telecommunications training centre has been signed off by Smart Awards, BNE is accredited to deliver SA001 – Overhead Safety and SA002 – Underground Safety.

BNE’s Instructor can deliver the full suite of training required by our engineers to deliver Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) across all our contracts on Openreach – BAU, Fibre Cities, BDUK, SEP, Rural Build, Retro-Newsites, Local Full Fibre Network, Customer Funded PONs.

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Taunton Rural Build

Telent has stated their appreciation and thanked BNE’s hard-working and dedicated Bristol-based works coordinators, backroom staff and engineers for a fantastic team effort on delivery and quality for the Rural Build works at Taunton and Ilminster.

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Fibre Optic Installation – Cornwall

Retro-New sites have arrived, covering 5 telecommunication exchanges local to our Cornwall depot and have started off incredibly well. Our Plymouth LFFN project has also started to come through with fibre optic installation surveys starting in the middle of August.

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Another Milestone Hit

The Jurassic Fibre team successfully hit its target of 10,000 homes by the end of June. JFL’s Construction & OSP Manager, emailed Firstly can I pass on a massive thank you to you and the whole team on behalf of  JFL construction for making June a success’ and JFL’s Director of Network Fibre Construction & OSP, said ‘Great month of June with our latest milestone hit’.

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Jurassic Fibre

Jurassic Fibre thank Barden Network Engineering for hitting a major milestone as we have completed a 21km telecoms infrastructure link to Exmouth POP site and have finished the ODF build ahead of the target completion date.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 has created challenges as a business we hadn’t ever expected, working under the umbrella of Openreach and the business status classified as a ‘Key Worker’ industry, BNE has risen to the challenge. We have implemented additional measures to protect the workforce and members of the public with guidance and advice from the Government, Openreach and our customers. We would like to thank all of our employees for their commitment and perseverance in difficult and unprecedented times, it is gratefully appreciated.

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Employee Ownership Trust

Barden Network Engineering has become an employee-owned business and all employees have become beneficiaries of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

BNE will remain as an independent business for the future and will operate for the benefit of employees of BNE. Job roles, salaries and terms and conditions of employment will not change as a result of BNE becoming employee-owned.

The combination of shared ownership and employee participation results in a business that is more engaged, innovative, productive and sustainable. A “win, win” for everyone!

What does this mean for you as an employee?

In terms of the day-to-day running of the business, it is important to stress that nothing will change. However, you will now be “employee-owners” and the business will be exploring new ways of rewarding you all for your contribution to BNE’s success, finding better ways of keeping you informed and encouraging you to improve our business.