The $250 million program was awarded to Nextgen, a subsidiary of construction giant, Leighton Group, three months ago and will see broadband backbone introduced across several regional communities. Building is set to commence on February 17 in Mt Isa, Queensland.
Visionstream, which was once owned by Telstra, is a network construction firm. Nextgen managing director, Phil Sykes, stressed the fellow Leighton Group subsidiary was only involved in the building side of the project.
“We’re using the resources of the Leighton Group of companies to deliver the full solution but Nexgen is responsible for it all,” he said. “The company is solely a construction partner and will be building the network to the design we have agreed to.”
Visionstream will work closely with Nextgen engineers to during the building process.
Mt Isa is part of the 3835km fibre link from Toowoomba to Darwin and will touch more than 162,000, according to Sykes.
The Regional Blackspots project will also involve links from Perth to Geraldton, Shepparton through Mildura to Adelaide, Mildura to Broken Hill, Sale to Wonthaggi and Adelaide to Victor Harbour and then to Mount Barker. By the project’s end, 6000km of fibre should have been rolled out to regional Australia.