160 major communications projects delivered, including some 170,000 cell sites

Our global wireless network deployment experience is unrivaled. Our site services work includes new builds, technology upgrades and overlays, integrations, modifications, and decommissioning.

Our wireline experience includes 20,500 miles (33,000 kilometers) of wireline fiber, deployment of long-haul fiber networks, metropolitan fiber rings, fiber-to-the-home networks, and data centers.

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  • Improved GSM and GPRS coverage for rail passengers along 1,864 miles (3,000 kilometers) of U.K. commuter lines
  • Designed and upgraded service on more than 33,000 GSM overlays, 17,100 enhanced emergency systems, and 13,270 UMTS upgrades for a major U.S. telecommunications company
  • Constructed more than 12,000 overlay and new build sites in one year for a U.S. carrier, providing enhanced GSM service throughout the U.S.
  • Delivered planning and network testing for the phased merger of two major U.S. GSM networks
  • We’ve also completed 3800 small cells, built 177MW of data centers, and prepared and managed in excess of 1 million leases, permits and right-of-way applications.


  • Network planning
  • Site acquisition and rights-of-way
  • Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Construction
  • Materials procurement and management
  • Equipment installation
  • Network testing and optimization, including LTE (Long Term Evolution); HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access); UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System; GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications); TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access); WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access); CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access).

Featured wireless projects

Major U.S. Carrier

Our project scope supports the deployment of wireless technology, including 4G LTE.  The scope of work spans EPC services across 17,000 cellular sites in seven major metropolitan markets in the United States.

XO Communications

The EPC services scope included building fiber optic backbones and inside plant facilities in multiple cities across the U.S. Bechtel performed work in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Plano, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Atlanta.

Featured wireline projects

Verizon FTTP (Fiber to the Premisis Project)

Bechtel helped extend fiber-optic connectivity from Verizon's central offices to its customers' homes or businesses in the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions for a full-service network. Responsibilities included engineering optimal locations for neighborhood fiber hubs and engineering the fiber routes on aerial or buried paths.

Metromedia Fiber Network

Bechtel performed feasibility studies, engineering, and construction management. The project included designing and constructing more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of fiber-optic cable and 232 nodes, POPs (points of presence), and data centers.