The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that NBN Co has finalised agreements for the construction of the national broadband network in Tasmania.
Networking service provider, Visionstream Australia, will undertake construction of the remainder of the fibre network in Tasmania.
The contract is valued at approximately $220 million over an initial period of four years and will connect the remaining 190000 premises in Tasmania by 2015 and also includes provisions for ongoing maintenance of the NBN in Tasmania.
The NBN rollout is already underway in Tasmania, with NBN fibre services available in Scottsdale, Smithton and Midway Point.
NBN Co anticipates that services will be available in Triabunna in the coming weeks, followed by Deloraine, Sorell, St Helens, Kingston Beach, George Town and South Hobart in the coming months.
In February, NBN Co updated its 12 month fibre rollout schedule, which now covers 758,100 homes and businesses in 66 locations across Australia where the network is active, where work is underway, and where work is planned to start by the end of calendar year 2012.
This includes three new locations in Tasmania: Bellerive, Claremont and South Launceston.
NBN Co is expected to issue its first three-year indicative rollout plan shortly and this will be updated annually until the rollout is complete.
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