June 21, 2004
Bechtel, through an operating unit Bechtel Telecommunications, has been awarded a contract to provide project management and network planning support to Vodafone in Australia as it begins to deploy enhanced 3G services for its customers. The deployment, in the Sydney and Melbourne markets, is the first phase of the planned nationwide rollout for Vodafone, the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the world.
Bechtel Awarded Contract with Vodafone Australia
Under a consultancy agreement, Bechtel will support Vodafone with project management services including management of cost, schedule, and quality. The Bechtel team will implement and use its management tools to enhance the performance of multiple organizations involved in the deployment. Equally important, Bechtel will also support Vodafone's RF engineering efforts for network planning and optimization.
Bechtel, ranked as the top telecommunications contractor by Engineering News-Record in 2004, has also been providing Vodafone U.K. with design, procurement, and construction services to upgrade existing cell sites, build new sites, and install equipment to the cellular network infrastructure along 3,000 kilometers of rail lines throughout the UK.
Vodafone Group Plc is a leading mobile communications company - 25 per cent of the world's mobile phone users are connected to Vodafone. Vodafone has equity interests in 26 countries, and partner networks in a further 13 countries - leaving an unmatched network footprint. The company provides quality services to 2.5 million Australian customers, 1.6 million New Zealand customers and 114,000 Fijian customers. Vodafone has more than 133.4 million proportionate customers worldwide. (C) Vodafone Pty Limited 2004: VODAFONE and the Vodafone logos are trade marks of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trade marks of their respective owners.