She said: “We have suspended our three-year build programme and we do not know when the programme will be resumed.” The spokesperson refused to be drawn on the cost of the building programme.
McNicholas and Broadband signed three-year deals with Omne to provide construction for cabling last year.
Tony Smee, McNicholas marketing director, said that the suspension had had a dramatic effect. He said McNicholas was working solely on installing cabling in Carlisle, Cumbria.
Smee said: “We had signed a multi-million pound contract so this obviously is going to be a blow.”