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RBBP rollout in pictures

Senator Stephen Conroy visited the RBBP National Project Office to commemorate Nextgen’s passing of the halfway mark (3000 km) of the RBBP rollout

  • Senator Stephen Conroy celebrates reaching the halfway point of the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) Nextgen Networks is halfway to completing the 6000 kilometre of rollout backbone transmission points as a part of the Australian Government’s $250 million program.

  • Senator Stephen Conroy and Leighton Telecommunications’ managing director, Peter McGrath. The Australian Government allocated the funding to improve backbone transmission market outcomes to several priority ‘blackspot’ locations as part of its National Broadband Network (NBN) commitment. Nextgen Networks (Nextgen) won the tender build, operate and maintain the new fibre network assets. Nextgen, which is owned by Leightons, is working with RBBP construction partner, Visionstream, part of Leightons Telecommunications.

  • The RBBP dig at Tarcoola, South Australia, about 20 km north of Nullarbor Hwy.
    See [[artnid:328843|the maps|Regional Backbone Blackspots Program maps]] of the RBBP.

  • The rollout includes transmission, IP and co-location services suitable for wholesale backhaul purposes to six priority locations:

    • Geraldton, Western Australia
    • Darwin, Northern Territory
    • Emerald and Longreach, Queensland
    • Broken Hill, New South Wales
    • Victor Harbor, South Australia
    • South West Gippsland, Victoria
  • The RBBP dig at Coober Pedy, South Australia. Nextgen is working with RBBP construction partner, Visionstream, part of Leightons Telecommunications.
    See [[artnid:328843|the maps|Regional Backbone Blackspots Program maps]] of the RBBP.

  • The halfway mark announcement at the National Project Office in Mulgrave, Melbourne.

  • The RBBP dig at Marla, South Australia. Throughout the last nine months, Nextgen has completed a network design, established a procurement program, obtained land and clearance and a workforce of about 1000.

  • Managing director of Nextgen, Phil Sykes, said the company network construction activities on February 4, 2010, despite the contract negotiation process not being scheduled to be complete until March 2010.

  • The RBBP dig at Marla, South Australia.
    The longer routes, such as Emerald and Longreach in Queensland, Darwin, Broken Hill, Riverland in South Australia and the Riverina in Victoria are expected to be completed in September 2011.
    See [[artnid:328843|the maps|Regional Backbone Blackspots Program maps]] of the RBBP.

  • Senator Stephen Conroy discusses the project with some of the national project office staff.

  • The RBBP dig at Murrunji/Sunday Creek, about 250km south of Katherine, Northern Territory. Building the RBBP link that connects Mt Isa in Queensland with Darwin in Northern territory has been challenging but is progressing ahead of schedule.

  • The RBBP dig Alberga River, South Australia
    Shorter routes, including to Geraldton in Western Australia, Victor Harbor in South Australia and South West Gippsland in Victoria, are expected to be complete and commission by March 2011.
    The longer routes, such as Emerald and Longreach in Queensland, Darwin, Broken Hill, Riverland in South Australia and the Riverina in Victoria are expected to be completed in September 2011.
    See [[artnid:328843|the maps|Regional Backbone Blackspots Program maps]] of the RBBP.

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