Nextgen has switched on its fibre backhaul link between Perth and Geraldton.
The 426km fibre link was built as part of the $250 million National Broadband Network (NBN) regional backbone blackspot program (RBBP).
It is one of the shorter routes in the program which will see a total of 6000km of being fibre rolled-out.
Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, attended the launch ceremony in Geraldton.
iiNet and Nextep are the first ISPs on the network. The fibre link will touch 35,000 residential and business premises.
“In connecting the Mid-West with other major population centres across Australia through the high capacity Nextgen network, we look forward to further collaboration with wholesale customers, governments and the community to ensure the region is an active participant in the NBN future,” Nextgen managing director, Phil Sykes, said.
Nextgen worked with construction firm, Visionstream, on this project.
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