The National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout will begin in Western Australia next month and move into Victoria by November.
In Western Australia, Geraldton will be the first to receive the NBN treatment in October. Victoria Park will follow in November and Mandurah in December.
South Morang and Bacchus Marsh, both in Victoria, will begin that State's NBN rollout in November. Brunswick in Victoria, one of the first release mainland sites, will get an extension to its existing NBN footprint in March 2012.
NBN Co has signed construction contracts with Transfield Services for Victoria and Syntheo for Western Australia. The agreements are worth $133 million and $174 million, respectively.
The two construction companies will be involved with fibre design and implementation.
Contract term is two years with an option to extend it for another two years. Should the contract extensions go through, Transfield will pocket up to $395 million in total and Syntheo will take up to $484 million.
“The agreements will ensure value for money for the Australian taxpayer,” NBN Co said in a statement.
The first five mainland release sites have all gone live recently. Second mainland release site construction start dates were announced in August by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, along with the first five locations to receive NBN wireless services.
In June, Silcar picked up a $380 million contract from NBN Co for the NBN rollout in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT.
More to follow.