Construction and services provider, John Holland has won the contract to rollout fibre optic cable on Tasmania's east and north west coasts as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The company will build the backhaul of the Tasmanian NBN between Port Latta and Smithton on the north-west coast, "Georgetown on the north coast and St. Helens on the east coast, and the Hobart suburb of Midway Point and the lower east coast town of Triabunna".
In a statement NBN Tasmania executive chairman Doug Campbell described the contract as "another important step in our plan to provide the communities of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point with access to this vital infrastructure".
“I’m pleased that John Holland will be working with a number of local Tasmanian suppliers, ensuring the roll-out of NBN Tasmania’s high-speed broadband network continues to generate investment and job opportunities for the communities it will serve,” he said.
The value of the contract was not disclosed and work commences this month with the aim of finishing by the end of March, 2010.
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In early December, NBN Tasmania 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.
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