NBN Tasmania has awarded Corning Cable Systems the contract to supply the fibre optic cable to connect Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Corning Cable Systems will be involved in the first phase of the NBN rollout, supplying the optic fibre cable to connect about 5000 Tasmanian homes and businesses.
The installation, which is expected to be complete by mid-2010, will provide access to high-speed broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
Executive Chairman Doug Campbell said in a statement the contract marked another milestone in the telecommunications project.
The contract, awarded by Aurora Energy on behalf of NBN Tasmania. Corning was awarded the contract to supply of fibre optic backhaul cable in early October.
The project is already having an effect on the Tasmanian economy with companies such as Macquarie Telecom investing in the area.
“Tasmania provided a great test-case for what happens if you build new networks to areas that have not benefited from competition,” Macquarie Telecom national executive for government and regulatory, Matt Healy, said in a statement.
Healy said the opening of BAS Link — the second link to Tasmania — multiple operators had entered the market for the first time and Tasmanians were benefiting from faster, more innovative and affordable services.
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