GRA Networks offer infrastructure contracting services on a design and construct basis in the transport, telecommunications, utility and energy sectors, providing cost-effective solutions to complex problems.
We are thrilled to announce that GRA Networks has scooped the “National 2018 Best Technical Service Award” for Huawai Australia.
Ivan Holloway CEO of GRA Networks said proudly:
“This would not be possible without all the hard work and dedication of the entire team and shows how far we have come as a business over the last few years. We look forward to successfully continue deploying for Huawei and our various clients across the country, ready for the next big Telecoms Rollout, 5G!”
GRA Networks is a full service telecommunications contractor and provides a comprehensive range of services from upgrading existing infrastructure, to building new mobile phone towers and other wireless network infrastructure. The range of services on offer includes:
GRA Networks’ team of highly skilled telecommunications professionals includes project managers, telecommunications engineers, telecommunications riggers, fibre splicers, electricians and technicians.
As part of GRA Networks continued growth and expansion, Sachendra Shrestha has recently joined our New South Wales (NSW) division and will manage our Telecommunications Operations in the state.
Sachendra is a very experienced Telecommunications Professional with nearly 15 years industry experience, having worked on a range of projects overseas and locally.
He has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Telecommunications.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Sachendra and wish him every success.
GRA Networks has completed its first telecommunications job in NSW, the site is located in Hat Head which is on the coast and is 5 hours north of Sydney.
The work was completed on behalf of Huawei for Optus and is part of the RANCAP Project.
GRA Networks deployed a skilled team to complete the works onsite, the work involved the upgrade of an existing Optus site and included the installation of new Remote Radio Units (RRU’s) on an existing triangular head frame.
The work also included the installation of a new trunk cable from the shelter to the monopole and antennas.
The works form part of a geographical extension to the existing Victoria contract held by GRA Networks, which provides their client Huawei with a fully project managed telecoms service, creating a delivery solution for the upgrade and installation of telecoms equipment.
Huawei are the largest telecommunications manufacturer in the world, employing 170,000 people – working on behalf of Optus, one of the largest telecommunications providers in Australia.
As a full service telecommunications contractor, GRA Networks provides a comprehensive range of services from upgrading existing infrastructure, to building new mobile phone towers and other wireless network infrastructure. Our team of highly skilled telecommunications professionals includes project managers, telecommunications engineers, telecommunications riggers, fibre splicers, electricians and technicians.
Colm Shevlin, General Manager of GRA Networks added:
“GRA Networks Australia has shown yet again its versatility in delivering another successful project for Huawei. With offices in Melbourne and now Sydney, we are well placed to continue the regional growth of our telecoms division.”
Despite some of the harshest weather conditions, Australian Telecoms Infrastructure Contractor GRA Networks, has achieved some incredible success on behalf of their clients Huawei and VHA with the completion of two mast sites in Victoria: Falls Creek and Bright.
Falls Creek and Bright are resort towns in North Eastern Victoria, Australia and well known as alpine and cross-country ski centres.
Not only was the weather extremely challenging, these high-profile projects were also logistically challenging due to the mountainous location.
Delivering the works, GRA Networks Project Manager Craig Gibson, used all of his twenty years’ major telecoms project experience and knowhow to devise and deliver a unique and ‘out of the box’ solution.
Due to the difficult terrain, snow patrol equipment was used to transfer materials and equipment to the mast location at night, when the ski slopes were closed. The field team could only access the work site via the resort ski lifts.
Once the equipment had been finally delivered, installation works then commenced. The battle with the conditions was intense, ice and snow had to be removed from the monopole and equipment daily.
The timeframe was extremely challenging for GRA Networks’ specialist rigging team, particularly as all of the equipment was installed using only slings, ropes and pulleys, and with these carefully planned and brilliantly effective techniques, the installation progressed successfully, whilst also ensuring that no damage was caused whatsoever to any of the existing equipment above the work zone.
Site welfare and site safety as always was the highest of priority for GRA’s staff – and this project was no different. Close monitoring was kept by Craig and his site supervisory team, to ensure that staff wellbeing and workforce safety were monitored every hour, with regular breaks and shift changes taking place more frequently than other typical telecom sites, mainly due to the freezing weather as well as the altitude.
Craig was very quick to heap deserved praise on his team for the contract success saying:
“Again you have gone above and beyond to get these sites over the line for our clients. Both sites had very tight timeframes and were very high profile for both Huawei and VHA. Weather conditions made these jobs even more of a challenge, but everyone worked together to make it happen.”
The project team from the client Huawei was also delighted with GRA Networks’ efforts at these challenging sites and were quoted saying:
“I would like to thank you all on behalf of Huawei as without the team effort made with these sites they would not have been completed. Make no mistake guys, your efforts to deliver these sites and others is recognised and very much appreciated. We do not say it enough but trust me it is thought about every day, as every day has its own challenges.
“Keep up the great work team!”
GRA Networks offers infrastructure contracting services on a design and construct basis.
We operate in the telecommunications, utility and energy sectors working on multi-disciplinary projects to meet the needs of our clients and provide cost-effective solutions to complex problems.
Led by experienced professionals with in depth knowledge of these sectors and supported by skilled and dedicated in house teams, we offer a fully integrated solution, allowing us to provide clients with a unique turnkey offering that is value adding.
This inclusive approach allows our clients to benefit from expertise in a number of sectors and ensures they receive the most appropriate advice and solution for their schemes.
With a skilled, multi-disciplinary workforce providing a broad range of services and operating in tandem with a highly experienced management team, GRA Networks is geared to meet our clients exacting demands.
Bespoke solutions for individual client requirements are central to GRA Networks’ offering.
We offer a fully planned and managed design and construct service, which includes materials procurement and logistics management.
We are proud to announce news of a long-term framework that has just been awarded to GRA Networks, in respect of ESB Telecoms Tower Build’s and Maintenance Services Programme. The works will be on behalf of ESB Telecoms Ltd (ESBT), who were established in 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of ESB Group, and are Ireland’s leading independent telecoms infrastructure and bandwidth solutions provider.
ESB (Electricity Supply Board) itself was founded in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland, and is currently 95% owned by the State. It is a vertically integrated utility, generating and delivering electricity to customers all over the Republic. ESB Group employs approximately 7,150 people.
GRA Networks was formed in 2011 as a result of an opportunity to supply a more comprehensive and effective delivery model in respect of Wireless Telecoms Services to Main Telecom Providers.
Since its inception, GRA Networks has secured significant packages of work based on its expertise in various disciplines and by providing flexible management and skilled resources on a project-by-project basis.
As a result, the company has successfully completed projects for a variety of clients ranging from state bodies and local authorities to major infrastructure organisations and network providers.
In addition, GRA Networks has worked as a supplier on various high profile projects in partnership with some of the most respected names in the telecoms, rail, construction and energy sectors.
This contract includes:
Global Rail Services has been awarded an exciting new contract on behalf of the Irish Aviation Authority for the design, supply and installation of an Antennae Mast together with all associated building works and site development works at their facility in Rosslare, Co. Wexford.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company employing approximately 650 people at six locations around Ireland. The IAA has three main functions: the provision of air traffic management and related services in Irish controlled airspace, the safety regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland and the oversight of civil aviation security in Ireland.
Global Rail Services will be working with their specialist subsidiary GRA Networks to deliver these works. GRA Networks is a full service telecommunications contractor and provides a comprehensive range of services from upgrading existing infrastructure, to building new mobile phone towers and other wireless network infrastructure.
Tom Staunton, General Manager of Global Rail Services, commented on this award and said:
“Global Rail Services has a strong pedigree in the design and build of Antennae Masts throughout Ireland. Our experience working in highly regulated industries such as rail and transport infrastructure provides our clients with the necessary confidence to place contracts of this complexity with us.
“Global Rail Services and our subsidiary GRA Networks are delivering on our promises throughout Ireland, including current mast installation contracts on behalf of Irish Rail.
“We look forward to delivering another successful project, this time on behalf of our client IAA.”
Global Rail Services is part of the Global Infrastructure Group of companies, who are an internationally focussed; leading specialist organisation, delivering civil engineering, signalling, telecoms, mechanical and electrical design and build solutions within a number of core industries.
We are pleased to announce the successful installation of a 40m monopole at the Broombridge radio site, as part of our ongoing signalling, electricial and telecommunications works for the LUAS’s BXD project on behalf of Efacec Portugal.
Luas Cross City is a new 5.6km light rail line that will run from Dublin city centre to Broombridge in the North West of the City.
The main purpose of the new Radio Transmission system is to provide radio voice and data communication services that will extend the existing Motorola Dimetra IP TETRA network in order to provide coverage to the new LUAS BXD Line.
The specific scope, at Broombridge Depot, covered the installation of a new MTS Base Station and a 40m monopole to support the antennas of the MTS.
The combined talent of Global Rail Services and GRA Networks – a division specifically formed to supply a more comprehensive delivery model in respect of Wireless Telecomms Services for major telecommunications projects and providers – fully managed the logistics in respect of the monopole components and carefully assembled them ready for the installation.
The monopole works were completed on time and to the satisfaction of Efacec. The full LUAS project is due for completion at the end of the year.
Tom Staunton, Global Rail Services General Manager, commented on this latest project milestone saying:
“Our partnership with Efacec continues to go from strength to strength. It is Global Rail Services ability to provide a fully managed and integrated service with our telecom division GRA Networks that really sets us apart. We look forward to further project milestones being achieved over the coming year”.
Global Rail Services is a rail infrastructure contractor operating on both mainline and light rail systems, with in-house capabilities across Civil Engineering, M&E, Building and Permanent Way. They offer a fully managed and cohesive service for their clients.
GRA Networks is a leading provider of services to clients in the transportation, telecommunications, utilities and energy markets, providing either sector specific services or a fully managed turnkey solution. They specialise in the design, installation, commissioning and testing of critical infrastructure in both Ireland and Australia.
GRA Networks, the telecommunications specialist based in Ireland and Australia are pleased to annouce the successful completion of our antenna installation work on behalf of Newstalk Radio.
The station which brings an exclusive talk based format sharing the best in opinions, analysis, entertainment and sport, had previously shared its transmission with Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster RTE, however, approached GRA Networks to create an independent operation.
The scope of works involved the installation of Skymast S.4Y Yagi antennas and the running of EC400 10mm Coax cable from each antenna to comms rooms across eleven separate sites throughout Ireland – from Achill Island to Holywell Hill, Donegal – all within a two week deadline.
Due to the tight timeframe and the need to provide seemless intergration from the old to the new to maintain a fully operational radio news service, GRA Networks colloborated closely with Newstalk, who accompanied GRA Networks each day, to ensure the swap over from the old system to the new system was undertaken with minimal impact to them.
Newstalk were very complimentary with regard to the progress and work practice that GRA Networks’ crew displayed and sent their thanks to the team for completing the project on time.
The works required maticulous planning and project management both on and off site and General Manager, Tom Staunton said:
“We are very pleased to have completed these works successfully.
“This was a challenging programme, however, our teams worked seemlessly with the clients intergration team to create the required solution.”
GRA Networks has announced its appointment as the preferred supplier of construction services for Kona, on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces.
GRA was appointed to install a new mast at Renmore Barracks, Galway, after the previous 65m lattice mast failed its structural analysis test. Kona won the tender for the decommission of this tower, appointing GRA Networks to assemble and install the new 65-metre tower, with works including:
GRA Networks is a multi-disciplined provider offering a comprehensive suite of services including design, construction, installation, commissioning and maintenance of both fixed line and mobile communications networks.
As a full service telecommunications contractor, GRA Networks provides a comprehensive range of services from upgrading existing infrastructure, to building new mobile phone towers and other wireless network infrastructure.
GRA Networks has completed the installation of a meteorological mast at a wind farm in Tievenameenta, County Tyrone.
The wind farm was built by civils contractor Roadbridge in 2015. Following its construction, a 65-metre mast was required on site. GRA Networks was appointed for this project by Kona, having been contracted for a similar project for the Irish Defence Forces, at a site in Galway. Works at Tievenameenta included:
GRA Networks is completing a project to reroute traffic and decommission transmission links for mobile communications company, 3.
In 2015, 3 failed to regain planning permission for the SDH monopole in Glasnevin, Dublin, after the local authority called for its immediate decommissioning. An Bord Pleanála, the independent statutory body, ordered that 3 remove the phone mast, despite warnings that it would cause major service disruptions for customers in Dublin, Louth and Meath.
The 45-metre mast in the Dublin Industrial Estate facilitates mobile phone coverage and 2G, 3G and 4G internet services for 3 and Meteor customers in the area and farther afield. Local residents wanted the structure removed due to its “visually obtrusive” nature – a decision which An Bord Pleanála upheld.
Glasnevin is a very important area for 3, serving a key section of North Dublin and carrying a lot of traffic via microwave dishes and fibre. GRA Networks was contracted by the mobile communications giant to complete a package of works to re-route links on Site 34 and decommission links on the tower. This includes included carrying out line of sight surveys, interconnects, and the patching and rerouting of traffic at several sites around Dublin.
So far, the following works have been completed:
Lough Rynn Castle is one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels, set on the shore of Lough Rynn, surrounded by over 300 acres of breath-taking scenery. Trip Advisor reviews boast of it being a ‘hidden gem’ but the only drawback for guests to this majestic hotel was the lack of Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage.
The black spot was targeted by Vodafone and Netshare Ireland and the work, which was awarded to GRA Networks, was executed promptly, efficiently and very discreetly so as not to cause disruption to any of the staying guests.
General Management of the hotel expressed their delight to Netshare Ireland regarding the efficiency of the GRA Networks team and have noticed a significant improvement in their coverage. Off the back of this significant improvement, Netshare Ireland are using the Lough Rynn project success as an example to other hotels in remote locations around Ireland.
Irish Rail as part of their rail network communications upgrade works, have awarded GRA Networks works as part of the 2-3 year phased roll out of GSM-R – which is the international wireless communications standard for railway communication and applications.
The system, which is used for communication between the train and railway regulation control centres, requires GRA Networks to install a series of Relocatable Equipment Buildings (REB) and telecoms towers.
The system on installation, will guarantee Irish Rail performance speeds at 310mph, without any communication loss and the system can transmit both data and voice.
Working to a phased completion program, GRA Networks have completed sites at Jonesborough, Limerick, Gormanston and Rush and Lusk and their multi-faceted team are providing to be a safe, secure and collaborative working partner.
Phase 2 has now commenced, as GRA Networks look to continue to reach the heights expected – by delivering works on time and to the required budget.
GRA Networks, have recently completed work on a new Vodafone Greenfield transmission site in Caroline Springs, Melbourne.
GRA Networks who also operate from a base in Dublin, Ireland, have successfully concluded the work, which involved the installation of a new 30m monopole, along with the supply and installation of a new ROAM headframe.
The telecoms equipment installation included six panel antennas, eighteen RRU’s, eight fibres, along with all the associated Huawei BTS equipment including the installation of a new TX microwave link.