Case Study 3

Contract : Rollout of Client trial installations

Client : Major worldwide mobile telecoms provider

Project : For our Client, a major worldwide telecoms infrastructure provider, delivery of a series of pilot microwave transmission links was crucial in demonstrating to its Client – itself a major UK telecoms provider – of its capabilities for a forthcoming project. Our Client was required to deliver these links whilst being observed in the field and quality was a driving factor. The links were selected in a key area, just outside London and servicing mobile cells in a key consumer area, failure therefore was not an option. Our Client whilst operating a framework project delivery plan required assistance in delivering the trial link project.

Our role – Project Management : With pressure to deliver against tight timescales, Concept Gemini utilised project management methodologies to define the project brief and to identify risks and issues. Working in connection with the Client’s nominated build supplier and a market leading microwave installation and commissioning supplier (appointed by Concept Gemini), we worked closely with all key stakeholders managing the process through from delivery of materials from the factory in Europe to successful installation and commissioning.

At survey stage it became apparent that the microwave installation contractor was able to utilise its patented tower access technique reducing installation cost. This was subsequently adopted for all sites of this type.

During the life of the project it became clear that two of the planned links would not be installed, this being due entirely to factors outside of our control. The issues were reported to the project team and the project plan amended accordingly.

As quality was of primary concern we instigated a trial test rig of the equipment which enabled reliability issues to be resolved prior to deployment on site.

Client Benefits : The trial installation of five links was completed on time within budget and on the specified planned dates. Any issues arising with the new equipment were identified and resolved prior to deployment in the field and – more importantly – away from the critical gaze of the major UK telco client. Lessons learnt for the deployment were subsequently adopted in the major rollout. Our Client went on to complete over 1000 further links on what was at the time the largest single transmission project in the UK.

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