Keeping New York City Connected

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Hugh O’Kane Electric Co. continues to support NYC in responding to telecommunications emergencies and continuing network infrastructure and wireless buildouts during the pandemic.

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In early March, the COVID-19 pandemic swept into the Tri-State region, closing doors to businesses, restaurants, and schools while hospitals were overwhelmed with sick patients. On March 27th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended all “Non-Essential” construction in New York State; however telecommunications & data centers were included on the State’s essential infrastructure list.

Several Local #3 IBEW contractors worked around the clock keeping the region connected 7 days a week the past 5 months, including Hugh O’Kane Electric Co. They had over 100 electricians working in New York City during the peak of the pandemic, responding to telecommunications emergencies and continuing network infrastructure and wireless buildouts. As entire industries began working remotely, schools shifted to online learning, and telehealth up ticked, the telecommunications networks that New York relies on became more essential than ever.

Hugh O’Kane Electric Company was a telecommunications first responder to the ‘93 World Trade Center Bombing, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, and Superstorm Sandy. “As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread across the Tri-State area, we knew our telecom crews would be relied upon to maintain and build the complex telecommunications networks that keep New York City connected. The same brave men and women that worked around the clock following terrorist attacks and natural disasters are the same brave Hugh O’Kane Electric employees that continue to work through this pandemic,” says Executive Vice President John O’Kane.

While Hugh O’Kane Electric has always invested in best-in-class safety equipment for their personnel, they worked with an external safety consultant to immediately put a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, staggering working crew’s start times and sanitizing trucks and equipment daily. “We worked tirelessly to keep our employees safe, but it was still their choice if they felt comfortable working through the pandemic. Thanks to our employees, Hugh O’Kane Electric was able to continue servicing our nearly dozen telecommunications customers in the Tri-State area 7 days a week these last 5 months.”

The Hugh O’Kane Electric Company is comprised of a traditional fiber optic infrastructure division and a mobile wireless division. With over 30 years of experience in wireline fiber construction and maintenance, HOK’s telecom infrastructure division employs over 85 technicians who place, splice, and test fiber optic cable for wireless and enterprise networks throughout the Metro Area. With approximately 25 technicians, HOK’s wireless division services wireless, 5G, and small cell construction for several Mobile Telecom Franchises and directly to multiple Mobile Network Operators. Working together, the telecom infrastructure division and the wireless division are a true turn-key solution for the current and future needs of the industry.

The demand for wireless and 5G deployment has only been amplified by COVID-19. “Connectivity is more critical than ever and at Hugh O’Kane Electric we are proud to be a part of the near and long-term network solutions” say John O’Kane. “As our Company did during 9/11 and other major events over the past 30 years, we have worked alongside our customers during this pandemic and will continue to safely service their needs this year and for years to come.”
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About Hugh O’Kane Electric
Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, Inc. (HOK) has been a leading provider of electrical construction and maintenance services to businesses in the Greater New York metropolitan area since 1946. HOK is licensed to provide Electrical services throughout New York City and Long Island. The company has installed power, lighting, fire alarm, security, data systems, specialty infrastructure systems, and specialty network systems for a wide range of industries and institutions.

The HOK Telecommunications division provides leading-edge design, construction, installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art telecom networks for wireline, fiber optic, and wireless networks. With its staff of electricians and technicians available for immediate response, HOK specializes in high-quality, fast track jobs. The company’s reputation is built upon attention to detail while meeting clients’ time frames and budgets.
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