NBN Tasmania second sites announced

NBN Tasmania second sites announced

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has announced that it has signed up construction company Conneq to construct the fibre network at seven new sites for the second stage of the Tasmanian roll-out.

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The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has announced that it has signed up construction company Conneq to construct the fibre network at seven new sites for the second stage of the Tasmanian roll-out.

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NBN roll-out sites in Tasmania (Screenshot by Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)

Conneq will begin construction at the sites in Triabunna, Sorell, Deloraine, St Helens, Kingston Beach, George Town and South Hobart starting late next month, covering a total of 11,150 premises.

NBN Co's acting head of construction, Dan Fleming, said that the staged approach and rolling schedule from May until October used by NBN Co for this construction will make the most efficient use of the workforce across the sites in Tasmania.

"NBN Co has chosen a staged network construction approach as it allows us to incorporate learnings from previous work in a process of continuous improvement," he said.

Despite missing out on a joint venture opportunity with NBN Co last year, Tasmanian energy supplier Aurora energy has acted as project manager in this phase, and has secured planning approvals for the initial sites. The company will also begin preparing the sites for construction in early May.

The construction at each of the seven sites in the Apple Isle is expected to take between four to six months, and NBN Co said it expects services to be made available in the second half of 2012.

Conneq is part of the Lend Lease group, one of the 14 construction organisations that had thrown its hat in for the $12 billion NBN construction tender. NBN Co halted the tendering process earlier this month, blaming construction companies for overpricing their tender offers.

Topics: NBN, Broadband

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  • I wonder how many small existing network subcontractors,living and working in these areas already, will get work from lend lease(conneq) out of this, or will they just go broke now?
    pete196600
  • Great!

    11,150 at 12% takeup (at best) equates to 1338 homes.

    Yeha! They've hit the jackpot! What's the cost of this debarcle. how many million to give a few people broadband on a cheap plan.

    Gee, financial wizardry at its best. How low can it go!
    Theguy-bbb4a
  • pete196600 - why would current contractors go broke? They would just keep doing the work they normally do.
    Theguy - take up rates at mainland sites are up above 80% so stop peddling crap about 12% take up. BTW there is no 'r' in debacle! Maybe if you had a decent internet connection you could download a dictionary.
    dickster-e7b60
    • Because Co's like lend lease are likely to bring in their own manpower and machinery to the construction and the local NETWORK subbies won't then have work to do, because the telstra n/work is then shut down, with customers migrated to nbn infrstructure,so, do they get work from Lend lease (conneq),or broke now?,
      pete196600
      • They'll probably pick up other work wiring up businesses/homes networks from where NBN will terminate. NBN doesn't build home/business networks, same as the power companies don't wire up your house...
        Tinman_au