Cable & Wireless powers ahead with a fifteen-year National Grid agreement

COMMUNICATIONS group Cable &amp; Wireless (C&amp;W) yesterday secured a 15-year deal with National Grid, worth &pound;207m, to support electricity transmission in the UK.<br /><br />C&amp;W will design, deliver and manage a telecoms network for National Grid, becoming a key player in a new era of power transmission, and challenging BT&rsquo;s dominant position as a next a generation network (NGN) service provider.<br /><br />&ldquo;Our ability to offer a complete managed next generation network (NGN) service means we now have a strategically important relationship with National Grid to 2026,&rdquo; said C&amp;W chief executive Jim Marsh. <br /><br />The group will be paid &pound;108m to supply and operate the fibre optic network which will underpin the core operational functions of National Grid, for a period of 15 years.<br /><br />It will also receive &pound;99m to provide managed services for the overall operational telecommunications network infrastructure for five years.<br /><br />Last week, the government&rsquo;s Digital Britain report backed the roll-out of high-speed NGNs to be accessed across the UK.