Visionstream wins NZ$500m UFB contract

Visionstream wins NZ$500m UFB contract

Summary: Leighton subsidiary Visionstream has won an NZ$500 million contract extension with Chorus to roll out the country's Ultra-Fast Broadband fibre network in Auckland.

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Chorus has extended Leighton subsidiary Visionstream's contract with the company to the end of 2019 to construct the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre network in and around Auckland.

Visionstream said the deal is worth NZ$500 million, and will see the company become a key supplier in rolling out the network for the next six years in Chorus' UFB deployment area.

"We have proven ourselves as a reliable, expert, and capable partner for Chrous, and look forward to doing our part to deliver broadband benefits to residents and businesses in Auckland," Leighton Contractors managing director Craig Laslett said in a statement.

Visionstream is responsible for provisioning and maintaining network services on Chorus' network in Auckland, and the company is also taking on the rollout of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) over the next three to four years on the upper north island of New Zealand.

Last month, the company picked up a deal with NBN Co worth up to AU$1 billion to construct the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre network in southern New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. The company has already helped construct the transit network and the fibre network in Tasmania, and rolled out fibre into new housing developments in Victoria and Queensland. It is also performing duct and pit remediation work for Telstra to get its infrastructure NBN ready.

Topics: New Zealand, Broadband, Networking, Telcos

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