Neos named preferred partner for Project Reach

UK rail operator Network Rail has named Neos Networks as its preferred partner to upgrade its existing connectivity infrastructure.

Network Rail’s Project Reach has seen the rail network operator seeking £1bn in private sector investment to support upgrades including a broad shift from its existing copper networks to gigabit fibre, as well as deploying roughly 250 additional mobile masts to deliver 5G connectivity to customers.

Fibre operator Neos Networks has been named as the preferred partner for Project Reach, having entered into exclusive discussions with Network Rail for the contract following a two-year tender process.

The company’s connectivity infrastructure currently spans around 16,000km, carrying operation-critical information including CCTV, trackside sensors, signalling, and high-speed broadband provision for offices, depots and trains.

Colin Sempill, CEO at Neos, said: “This new network will deliver a step-change in connectivity and available capacity, which, in turn will help to transform UK rail for the passengers and neighbouring communities it serves.

“We look forward to working with Network Rail to finalise the contract and start mobilising this project which will see the creation of numerous jobs in different geographies. This is critical for us as we continue to support UK businesses and service providers with the high-capacity connectivity services essential for innovation and help deliver on the government’s plans to improve the availability of high-quality broadband across the UK.”

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