NBN Co, the company responsible for the construction and management of Australia’s in-deployment National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that it met its construction target for 2012. Having originally said it expected to have commenced or completed construction in areas covering 758,000 premises before the end of the year, NBN Co has revealed that at 31 December 2012 the total number of premises where work was underway or finished stood at 784,592. Looking ahead the company is now focused on achieving another previously set target, with it aiming to reach 286,000 premises passed by the end of June 2013.
In issuing an update on the status of the network rollout, the company also confirmed that it has contracted four construction companies to build the local network through the streets, with those being: Silcar, for New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT); Visionstream for Tasmania; Transfield for Victoria; and Syntheo (a Lend Lease/Service Stream joint venture) for the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
Commenting on the milestone, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley noted: ‘To have achieved our year-end target is both pleasing for all involved and a clear indication that the NBN project is ramping up to full volume rollout … By working together to achieve this year-end outcome the combined project team has established the settings to reach the peak rollout target of passing over 6000 premises a day by 2015.’