FREDERICK, Md., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the help of Bechtel's
project and construction management services, Tritel Communications, Inc.
successfully launched today its Jackson, Mississippi, wireless
telecommunications network. Tritel Communications, Inc. is an AT&T Wireless
network affiliate member and will market its services under the SunCom brand
name. This network deployment milestone was achieved in only eight months
from the time of financial closing.
Bechtel's responsibilities on the project involved coordinating the
RF engineering and site acquisition activities as well as managing the
engineering firms, construction companies, and all third-party material
suppliers to ensure that a cost-effective, quality network was deployed in the
most efficient timeframe possible. In addition to managing the implementation
of the wireless facilities, Bechtel was also responsible for managing the
construction of the switch facility to support the Jackson network. "Without
the disciplined approach and leadership implemented by the Bechtel project
team, we would not have been able to achieve this buildout as efficiently and
as effectively as we have," stated Billy Mounger, chairman and chief executive
officer for Tritel.
In addition to the Jackson network, Bechtel is also responsible for
providing the aforementioned services for Tritel networks being built in
Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee through the second quarter
of 2000. "We are extremely pleased to be working with the entire
Tritel organization. It's a world-class organization that is motivated and
determined to be successful. We are committed to making sure that they
achieve all of their network deployment objectives. The achievement of this
Jackson milestone was truly a team effort and the first of many milestones to
come," said Lester Hurst, principal vice president and general manager of
Bechtel Telecommunications -- North America.
A privately held firm since 1898, Bechtel has provided engineering,
procurement, construction, and management services on 20,000 projects for
customers in 140 nations on all seven continents. Bechtel's telecommunications
line of business has emerged as a leader in the telecommunications network
deployment market by providing these services to companies implementing both
wireless and wireline networks on a global basis. Bechtel's 1998 revenues
totaled more than $12 billion.