Belfast Telegraph

Cubis Systems deal brings 20 new jobs

Alan Long (left) of Cubis with Melanie Owen and Danny Hodgson of CityFibre
Alan Long (left) of Cubis with Melanie Owen and Danny Hodgson of CityFibre

By Mark McConville

A Co Armagh manufacturer of underground systems for infrastructure has announced 20 new jobs after it won a major contract.

The roles will be based at the Lurgan site of Cubis Systems and be across management, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and human resources.

The new contract with UK telecoms operator CityFibre will see the firm supply a range of lightweight, composite access chambers and covers to CityFibre as they roll out a £2.5bn fibre communications network to 26 'Gigabit Cities' across the UK.

Michael Wightman, managing director of Cubis Systems, said it had invested significantly over the past number of years in "developing new products, expanding capabilities and building our markets in the UK and further afield".

"Demand for our products continues to grow as asset owners seek more innovative ways of designing and deploying networks," he said.

"We are delighted to be partnering with CityFibre and playing a part in their vision to bring high speed fibre to households across the UK.

"The continued investment in people across all areas of our business will help us leverage the opportunities we have created.

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"The new staff will support our long-term growth plan, allow us to service our customers better and keep Cubis Systems as the global leader in this space."

Cubis currently employs 170 at its Lurgan headquarters, with eight other sites across the UK, Ireland and Australia employing a total of more than 600 people. The firm said its products offer "innovative alternatives" to traditional network construction methods, saving installation time and therefore increasing deployment speeds and improved safety to network operators and installers.

Cubis exports to more than 25 countries via a blue chip customer base including Openreach, Virgin Media, SNCF and many of the worlds largest infrastructure owners across telecom, rail, water and energy sectors.

CityFibre is a major alternative provider of wholesale full fibre network infrastructure and aims to supply at least five million homes, more than 20% of the UK market.

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