Telstra yesterday signed up $350 million worth of deals with eight contractors who will work on the carrier's copper access network (CAN).
Telstra has sent letters of acceptance to the contractors: Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), AJ Lucas, Alstom, Enetech, ERG Connect, Kilpatrick Green, Skilled Engineering, Thiess, Transfield, Visionstream and the Walter Construction Group"The contracts will involve construction and network rehabilitation activities including civil works, cable hauling, jointing and upgrade work on main and distribution copper cable networks," said Michael Rocca, managing director of service, Telstra.
"Our goal is to make the copper access network more robust and at the same time build more capacity for growth," Rocca said.
The carrier expects to sign formal contracts with the contractors on September 1 1999. Initially, contracts will cover the 99/00 financial year but, based on performance, may be extended.