NBN Co awards equipment contracts to Australian located employers


NBN Co has awarded three equipment contracts worth over $1.6 billion to Australian located companies to supply passive network infrastructure to build the national broadband network during the next 5 years.

Victorian fibre optic equipment manufacturer, Warren & Brown Technologies has been awarded an equipment contract worth up to $110 million over five years to provide optical distribution frames and sub-racks that will connect NBN Co's equipment to external cabling.

NBN Co has also awarded a contract for multiple types of equipment worth up to $1.2 billion over five years to Corning, a world leader in the manufacture of fibre optic cabling. NBN Co will work with Corning who will enhance their Australia-based manufacture and assembly capacity to meet the needs of the NBN rollout.

NBN Co awarded a third equipment contract worth $300 million over five years to Prysmian, a global manufacturer of telecommunications cabling with manufacturing facilities in Dee Why and Liverpool, NSW.

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said: "NBN Co is pleased to award these contracts to three companies that are leaders in their fields and to increase local investment in Australian manufacturing."

"NBN Co is pleased to be working with a 100% Australian-owned company in Warren & Brown and two global manufacturers in Prysmian and Corning both of whom have significant investments in Australian operations and who are able to leverage their global research and development spend and provide reliable, high quality and durable products."

"Part of our purchasing strategy is to make a substantial up front purchase commitment to encourage suppliers to invest in their Australian supply chain ramp-up as we head to volume rollout. They can invest with confidence in plant, equipment, recruitment and training to meet the needs of our national project."

Further details regarding contractors are included in the full media release.

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17 January 2011
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