New $90m NBN contract for greenfield sites

TASMANIAN National Broadband Network contractor Visionstream yesterday received a two-year, $90 million contract to connect emerging greenfield sites to fibre optic technology.

The NBN Co New Developments contract holds room for two one- year extensions and will not impact on Visionstream's existing $300 million commitment to connect fibre in Tasmania.

Visionstream general manager Allan Bradford said the company would also deliver greenfields works in Queensland and Victoria.

"Collectively we are improving delivery and performance and look forward to setting the standard for fibre deployment in new developments, enabling NBN Co to meet Australia's need for high-speed broadband connections," Mr Bradford said.

NBN Co spokeswoman Lalla MacKenzie said the company had been successful in delivering the New Developments program during the past two years.

Ms MacKenzie said the value of future works under the contract would be determined by the level of activity from housing developers.

By May 11 this year Visionstream had passed only 73 Tasmanian greenfield sites with fibre, with an activation uptake of five.

The greenfield rollout figure is compared with 34,456 premises passed in Victoria and 19,867 passed in Queensland.

The New Developments contract outlines designing, constructing and commissioning of pit, pipe and fibre optic cables in new estates.

Visionstream's work also includes a temporary transit fibre network, used until permanent networks are established.

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