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NBN Contractors



  • Alcatel-Lucent, - an initial $70M contract aand a committment to spend up to $1.5bn on network equipment comprising GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) equipment, aggregation and engineering assistance. 
  • Nextgen,- is supplying backhaul fibre links
  • VisionStream - part of the Leighton Group are providing design services
  • Bilfinger Berger Services / Conneq .is a specialist engineering, construction and asset management contractor, connecting industries and communities with vital infrastructure
  • Kordia, and Downer EDI Engineering,-  have been selected to participate in the Townsville based First Release Pilot Site design project creating an aerial network design for the city of Townsville and key stakeholders including the utility Ergon Energy. 
  • Service Stream Communications - provide optical fibre, coaxial cable, copper cable and wireless solutions and deliver wideband and broadband projects.
  • Transfield Services, - is designing the blueprint for the Minnamurra/Kiama Downs trial area on the NSW South Coast.
  • GHD, - provide communication systems and infrastructure
  • Silcar Communications -  for telecommunications network infrastructure deployment.
  • ETSA Utilities, -  provides the National Broadband Network roll-out in Willunga.
  • Ergon Energy -Ergon Energy secured the contract to deploy the NBN in Townsville last year and had been laying fibre in the town since July.
  • Telstra - analysts have called on Telstra to provide more detail on its $11 billion agreement to transfer its fixed-line monopoly to the National Broadband Network after the telco giant was forced to postpone its shareholder vote on the deal.
  • Nokia-Siemens Networks, - will supply optical transmission gear f in a deal that could be worth up to $400 million over 10 years.
  • Warren and Brown Technologies - is supplying Optic Fibre termination, distribution, and management products and services to the telecommunications industry
  • Prysmian, - Prysmian has been awarded a contract to supply fibre optic cables worth up to AUD300 million over five years. The five year contract ensures job certainty for approximately 125 existing staff within Prysmian’s telecom business located in Dee Why, NSW, with up to 50 additional jobs to be created over five years.
  • Corning Cable Systems Pty Ltd, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, has been awarded a contract to supply fibre optic cable in the first tender released.
  • TE Connectivity -  a five-year, $400 million contract with an initial purchase commitment of $100 million. This contract award follows supply to date of more than $4 million of passive optical equipment into NBN Co's First Release sites.

Data Centres

  • Global Switch - Global Switch operates eight data centres in key connectivity hubs across Europe and Asia-Pacific, providing around 270,000 sq m of state of the art technical space.
  • VCE alliance comprising VMware, Cisco and EMC - the VCE Alliance will provide infrastructure for NBN Co's data centres. The alliance's preconfigured Vblock systems will be used.


  • IBM, -  two-year agreement to host NBN Co systems such as procurement, asset management and accounting. IBM will provide servers, storage and operating systems and a hosting environment. The hosting platform will be based upon ultra-thin, energy efficient System x3650 server technology.
  • Accenture, -  awarded Accenture (NYSE: ACN) a five-year contract to provide all core HR administration services to the organization.
  • Oracle - Oracle provides open, and integrated business software and hardware systems. .
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