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Magdalene Awarded Major Telecommunications Framework By SP Energy Networks 10th December 2020


Leading UK telecommunications infrastructure services provider Magdalene has been awarded a £150m framework to deliver operational telecommunications services, including network operations and maintenance, and capital project delivery on behalf of electricity network operator, SP Energy Networks.

Under the terms of the agreement, Magdalene, a part of M Group Services, will manage and upgrade telecom network operations across SP Energy Networks’ operational regions in Central and Southern Scotland, as well as Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire. Magdalene will also deliver SP Energy Networks’ Operational Telecommunications capital build program which encompasses design, fibre and cabling infrastructure renewal works and communications network implementation.

Commencing in February 2021, Magdalene will orchestrate its service delivery for the contract from the SP Energy Networks Network Operations Centre near Glasgow.

SP Energy Networks Director of Processes and Technology, Colin Taylor, commented: “Operational telecommunications is fundamental to effective and efficient operation of our electricity network and, increasingly, will be key to enabling net zero and a green recovery. I look forward to working with Magdalene to deliver a better future, quicker for all our customers.”

Magdalene Managing Director Mark Turner commented: “This contract award underpins our future growth and demonstrates further advancement of our strategy in the utilities sector. This is also a significant contract win for the wider M Group Services strategy because, whilst the delivery will be led by Magdalene, it will also draw upon the operational capability of the wider Telecom Division and be further supported by the Group’s experience and expertise within the UK utility sector.”

Magdalene Utilities Director Keith Lamport added: “We are delighted to have secured this landmark framework award that represents the single largest ever contract win for Magdalene and cements our growing presence in the UK utility sector. This agreement provides recognition of our specialist expertise and scope of capability. We are looking forward to supporting SP Energy Networks through the provision of this critical service.   

“As part of the contract, there will be a significant TUPE transfer of approximately 120 key staff from the previous provider of these contracted services, who we look forward to welcoming into the Magdalene team. This team brings years of important knowledge and experience which we aim to preserve and foster.”

Magdalene has established a strong reputation as a telecom infrastructure services specialist for the UK utility sector. Its existing clients include Northern Ireland Water, SSE, UK Power Networks and Western Power Distribution.