The National Broadband Network (NBN) construction start dates will be revealed in the next few weeks, according to Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.
He was attending the NBN launch in Kiama, NSW, one of the five trial sites for the network, along with Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, and NBN Co chief, Mike Quigley.
The NBN’s construction plans were placed under great scrutiny in April when NBN Co suspended all construction tenders with 14 companies due to dispute over terms and pricing. NBN Co accepted that its panel arrangement for the tender process was flawed.
Two months later, the company announced it had inked a multimillion contract with construction firm, Silcar, which will play a part in fibre rollouts in QLD, NSW and the ACT.
This covered around 40 per of all construction activities for the next two years.
“I’ll be announcing very shortly the construction start dates for QLD, NSW and the ACT,” Senator Conroy said at Kiama.
“I understand we are not far from completing the resolution of the tendering for construction for the rest of Australia.
“So we expect some very exciting announcements within the coming weeks about the rollout, not just here in NSW, but across the rest of the country.”
The NBN is due to be completed by 2020 with commercial availability of services to commence by the end of the year.
More NBN news from Kiama to follow.