NBN Co has put out a call for companies and consortiums to help it bring fibre networking to over 90 per cent of Australians.
The Government-owned company has issued a request for capability statement in an effort to kick off the formal process of working with the industry. The process pre-empts a tender in June or July this year.
“The contractors…will need to demonstrate capability to undertake work of significant size and complexity and to gradually ramp up activities nationally,” the NBN Co statement said.
Large contractors are the main target for the national build, with smaller contractors told to register their interest in helping bigger players implement the overall strategy.
“The process will also encourage mid-tier and smaller contractors that wish to register an interest and will ultimately help them offer their services to head contractors,” it added.
According to NBN Co head of construction, Patrick Flannigan, driving innovation and training, using Australian content, maintaining safe work environments and having a proven track record of delivering large-scale infrastructure projects across diverse geographic areas were vital for any winning bid.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, welcomed the call and said it would be important to find suitably qualified and experienced companies.
"[The NBN] will also inject valuable investment into the economy and create jobs for Australians during the construction phase," he said in a statement. "This is another significant milestone in the rollout of the National Broadband Network across Australia."
The statement will be NBN Co statement on March 29 from 5pm. Responses must be in by 5pm on April 27.
Work on five NBN Co mainland test sites is set to begin in the second-half of 2010.