NBN Tasmania has awarded Corning Cable Systems its second deal to supply the state’s fibre optic cable to connect around 5000 homes by mid-2010 under the $38 million initial phase of the project.
Corning, which recently launched its fibre manufacturing plant in Clayton, Victoria, has sealed its second deal with NBN Tasmania under a contract with Aurora Energy, NBN Tasmania’s construction partner. Corning was also selected in October to supply backhaul cables (see image) and was the cable supplier to Tasmania’s test fibre to the home network, TasColt, built by Aurora Energy in 2005.
NBN Tasmania’s parent, government-owned wholesale only telco, NBN Co, has also revealed via its interim website that the total cost of the initial phase of the Tasmanian project will be $38 million. The Tasmanian and Federal governments have kept quiet on the cost of the Tasmanian build; however, estimates for its total cost have ranged between $500 million to $700 million.
Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy was in Melbourne today to announce the Corning win, which will see fibre delivered to 5000 select households under Stage 1 of the roll-out. The total fibre roll-out will cover 200,000 households, while the remaining 10 per cent of the state will rely on wireless or satellite connections.
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