Melb-Perth gets $167m data link

Telco network provider FiberTel has announced it is building a $167 million data link between Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to service regional centres include Bendigo and Kalgoolie.

Covering 3,800 kilometres the network is expected to be completed by June 2001 and will reach other regional areas such as Mildura and Port Augusta.

According to officials from FiberTel, the company has already installed fibre-optic networks in several regional centres and will connect these to the planned Melbourne-Perth network.

The company is also planning to establish points presence on the east coast of Australia with every capital city expected to be networked, officials said.

Meanwhile, FiberTel is close to finalising its 100 per cent acquisition of telecommunications carrier Amcon Telecommuncations.

The company announced its intention to merge with Amcon last November and is expected to finalised funding arrangement by May.

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