Leighton Holdings subsidiary Visionstream has been picked by Swedish network vendor Ericsson to handle the construction work for the National Broadband Network's (NBN) fixed-wireless time division duplex long-term evolution (TDD LTE) network.
The company announced yesterday that the four-year agreement will see Visionstream handle network construction, installation, commissioning, integration and optimisation work for the network.
Ericsson won the $1.1 billion deal with NBN Co in June this year. The 10-year agreement will see Ericsson take charge of the entire wireless network that will cover 500,000 premises, or 4 per cent of the 7 per cent of premises not covered by the fibre roll-out of the NBN. NBN Co is expecting to have to use around 2300 towers to ensure adequate coverage.
The construction of the network is due to be completed in 2015, and the first five sites covering approximately 14,000 premises are expected to come online next year. These first five sites align with NBN Co's points of interconnect in areas surrounding Geraldton, Toowoomba, Ballarat, Darwin and Tamworth.
The value of Ericsson's deal with Visionstream was not disclosed. Earlier this month, Visionstream also secured a deal to build NBN Co's transit network in a deal worth over $19 million. Visionstream has won $250 million worth of contracts since July, including the ones mentioned above.