Seven companies have won contracts from NBN Co to work on mainland Australia’s first National Broadband Network (NBN) trial sites.
The contracts were awarded following a select tender. The companies will be responsible for designing the five trial locations using different construction techniques in different locations.
According to a statement released by NBN Co, the request for tender (RFT) to physically build the created designs will be released after the completion of the design phase.
The winning companies are Bilfinger Berger Services, Downer EDI Engineering, GHD, Silcar, Service Stream Communications, Transfield Services and Visionstream Australia.
The detailed design phase is expected to take several months. The rollout will be done in three phases involving the installation of the passive network and the active components as well as negotiations with retail service providers.
According to the NBN Co trial site’s micro website, the construction phases are due for completion by early next year.
NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, said at the launch of the test sites that they were picked to ensure the physical rollout of the NBN went as smoothly as possible.
“The whole purpose of this is to try and exercise all the things we put together for the rollout,” he said. “That means all the types of equipment, systems, construction techniques and various partners who we’ll be ultimately using in the national rollout.”
Selected sites include parts of Aitkenvale and Mundingburra near Townsville in Queensland, Minnamurra and Kiama Downs south of Wollongong, and West Armidale in NSW.