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Nextgen's Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) is being run from its fibre-optic broadband centre of excellence in Mulgrave, near Monash University in Melbourne's south-east. The facility employs more than 100 of what Peter McGrath, group managing director of Leighton's telecommunications division, called "high-value and technically specialised employees", managing everything from design, land access, planning, heritage issues, cultural issues, and more.
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The RBBP network is on target to begin offering live ADSL2+ services to customers in Geraldton, WA; Victor Harbor, SA; and south-west Gippsland, Victoria by March 2011 while customers on longer sections reaching areas like Darwin; Broken Hill; South Australia's Riverland; Emerald and Longreach; and Victoria's Riverina are expected to be live by September 2011.