NBN Co has awarded contracts for network installation and maintenance worth $142 million.
About 2000 new jobs are expected to be created across mainland Australia at the peak of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Contracts for this work with Silcar and Service Steam provide for technicians to install and activate NBN equipment in homes and businesses as the high-speed broadband network is rolled out across Australia.
The contracts are for an initial two years with the option of two further one-year extensions.
They also provide for the successful contractors to carry out ongoing maintenance, repair and augmentation of the fibre optic network.
Service Stream has been contracted to carry out the work in Victoria, WA, NT and SA. The contracts have an estimated value of up to $64 million.
Silcar will carry out the work in Queensland, NSW and the ACT. The contracts have an estimated value of up to $78 million.
In Tasmania, Visionstream Australia was awarded the installation and maintenance work in March as part of a wider contract that aims to see the completion of the broadband rollout in the state over the next three years.
NBN Co Head of Operations, Steve Christian, said: “We already have contracts in place for the physical construction of the fibre optic network. Now we also have contracts for the maintenance of the network and the installation and activation of NBN boxes in homes and businesses across the country.
“They also boost potential job prospects for technicians and installers, not just with the major contractors. We expect those companies will generate considerable opportunities for regional subcontractors too as high-speed broadband becomes available in each local community.”