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NBN Awards New Broadband Construction Contracts

NBN Awards New Broadband Construction ContractsThe multi-technology integrated master agreements (MIMAs) cover the NBN’s fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-building and fibre-to-the-premises rollout in the Northern Territory, the ACT and additional parts of NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

The contracts have been awarded to SA Power Networks (Northern Territory, South Australia), QC Comms (the ACT), Lend Lease and QC Comms (NSW), and Decon and Service Stream (Victoria).

“We designed the new contracts around quality, safety and speed, and to enable our suppliers to compete for work,” Michael Doherty, NBN executive general manager for industry management, commented.

“This will lift the efficiency and pace of the rollout, which is a marked change from the former contracting model where suppliers were allocated large volumes of work but faced no competition and laboured under a huge administrative burden.”

Telstra chose not to bid on the contracts, with Fairfax Media reporting a Telstra spokeswoman as stating the telco decided not to participate based on its commercial assessment of the work, adding that it continues to have positive discussions on a range of other NBN rollout areas.

Telstra last December signed a contract worth approximately $390 million with NBN to provide planning and design services to support the rollout of the national broadband network.

NBN last week launched its commercial fibre-to-the-node product, with the rollout commencing in Belmont, NSW.