Senator Stephen Conroy has just announced plans for the National Broadband Network to construct 10 satellite ground stations. Senator Conroy has also announced that contracts have already been signed with Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd to build 4 ground stations in Western Australia. Cockram Corporation Pty Ltd will handle the construction for the remaining 6 satellite ground stations that to be set up in New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia. The contracts are worth $180 million in total.
Construction of the satellite ground stations will commence by the first quarter of 2013 and is estimated to be finished by 2014. These ground stations will play an important part in the success of the NBN as they will provide the long term infrastructure for the NBN satellite services. The satellite service aims to deliver reliable and faster broadband services to Australians living in rural areas starting 2015.
As of now, 8 out of 10 locations are already known. One satellite ground station will be constructed in Brown Range, Binduli, Moonyoonooka, Woolooma, Bourke, Ceduna, Roma and Geeveston.
Senator Conroy also announced that the construction of these stations will generate approximately 300 jobs. It was announced that the NBN rollout will generate 18,000 jobs.
He also said that the signing of these contracts is proof that the NBN is fast-tracking the rollout of the NBN all across Australia. He also said that NBN Co is right on track in starting or completing fibre construction for 758,000 premises towards the end of 2012.
These announcements were made by Conroy at the opening of iiStore in Subiaco – the first retail store of iiNet. The company is a retail provider of NBN’s services. Senator Conroy also congratulated the company, calling it a great Western Australian Company.
Image yellowcloud - Satellite ground stations similar to these will be built throughout Australia