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​Visionstream signs AU$250m wideband services contract with Telstra

Leighton Contractors subsidiary Visionstream has been awarded a three-year national Telstra wideband contract extension.
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Telecommunications services provider Visionstream has signed a three-year contract extension with Telstra to continue the delivery of its wideband services across Australia.

It is expected that the new contract, slated to begin next month, will generate revenue in the ballpark of AU$250 million for the three-year term.

Under the contract, Visionstream will be charged with delivering all program management, design, construction, and integration of networks that support Telstra's suite of voice, data, and IP products across Australia.

Visionstream is the telecommunications division of Ventia, which is a services company formed in 2015 from Leighton Contractors Services, Thiess Services, and Visionstream.

Prior to Ventia's formation, Visionstream already had a relationship with Telstra, which the companies said dates back to 1996, having worked on the telco's wideband project for large government and business customers since 2004.

"We have a strong relationship with Telstra and we are delighted to extend our partnership with this agreement. The new agreement is a validation of our experience in delivering wideband Services for Telstra," Visionstream CEO Richard Kelleway said.

Visionstream was awarded the previous wideband contract, worth AU$120 million, back in 2012.

In April, Visionstream was awarded another contract with Telstra, charged with the supply of maintenance and building services to more than 40,000 exchange and network assets across Australia for AU$350 million.

The scope of work includes maintenance of the exchange network, telepower systems, and building services such as fire and HVAC system maintenance across all of Telstra's facilities in Australia.

Visionstream entered into a five-year Multi-Technology Integrated Master Agreement last year with the company rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia.

In addition to changing its name, NBN restructured its contracting model, with the first cache of construction partners in addition to Visionstream consisting of Downer, Transfield, Fulton Hogan, and WBHO.

The total value of the contracts was not disclosed by NBN; however, Visionstream revealed that its contract is expected to be worth greater than AU$270 million over five years. It also said it expects additional works to be issued over the lifetime of the contract.

In 2014, it was revealed NBN was paying Visionstream more money for the NBN rollout in Tasmania than originally planned.

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