NBN Co awards contracts to Service Stream and Silcar

Two equipment contracts have been awarded to companies for NBN construction.

NBN Co has appointed two contracts worth $142 million to install and activate National Broadband Network (NBN) equipment in premises over the next two years.

Silcar has been awarded a contract worth up to $78 million to install the equipment in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Meanwhile, Service Stream has been awarded a contract to carry out the work in Victoria, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia, worth up to $64 million.

Both companies will also be responsible for ongoing maintenance, repair and augmentation of the NBN for two years, with two one-year options for extensions.

NBN Co said around 6000 premises will be connected to the NBN every working day in 2016, when construction of the network is expected to reach a peak.

Visionstream Australia was awarded a four-year $300 million contract from NBN Co in March this year to roll out the network in Tasmania.

Visionstream Australia, which was founded by Telstra but is now owned by Leighton Holdings, Service Stream and Silcar have all previously signed key contracts with NBN Co.

In June this year, Visionstream Australia was awarded a $102 million contract to design, construct and commission the pit, pipe and fibre optic cable within the temporary transit fibre network in all new estates in Victoria and Queensland.

Service Stream was contracted to carry out fibre deployment in new estates in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in a deal worth around $81 million.

Meanwhile, Silcar was awarded a $380 million contract in June 2011 to construct and deliver a passive fibre network covering in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

“We already have contracts in place for the physical construction of the fibre optic network. Now we also have contracts for the maintenance of the network and the installation and activation of NBN boxes in homes and businesses across the country,” Steve Christian, NBN Co head of operations, said in a statement.

“They also boost potential job prospects for technicians and installers, not just with the major contractors. We expect those companies will generate considerable opportunities for regional subcontractors too as high-speed broadband becomes available in each local community.”

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