NBN Co has awarded SA Power Networks a three-year contract to roll out fibre optic broadband in an area covering approximately 300,000 premises in Adelaide and regional South Australia.
The contract will see SA Power Networks design and construct the local and distribution network that runs fibre from a local communications exchange (fibre access node) through each street in a coverage area, according to a statement from NBN Co.
The agreement includes options to extend by two further periods of one year each. The project expects to employ up to 400 people at peak.
It is the second NBN construction contract to be awarded in the state. Syntheo, a consortium comprising Lend Lease and Service Stream, was granted a two-year contract for the rollout of fibre in South Australia in November 2011.
SA Power Networks, formerly known as ETSA Utilities, built the NBN first release site in Willunga, 47 kilometres from Adelaide near the McLaren Vale. At the start of June, 63.4 per cent of eligible residents in Willunga were active on the NBN. The average take-up for fibre locations active for more than six months is more than 30 per cent.
Under planned NBN rollouts, up to 93 per cent are to receive a fibre optic connection, and with satellite and fixed wireless to be delivered to rural and remote areas.