SIDNEY, 6 AUGUST 2009 - Australia's second largest telco Optus says it supports the federal government's plans for the National Broadband Network and has lodged bids for tender for the first step.
Optus views the recently announced $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) as a critical first step in enabling the NBN build, it said in a statement on Thursday.
"Therefore the Optus group of companies are pleased to announce that they have lodged a range of bids in response to the commonwealth government's request for tenders for the RBBP," Optus said.
The bids address all of the key locations specified by the Commonwealth in its RFT including Darwin, Emerald, Longreach, the South West Gippsland Coast, Victor Harbor and Geraldton, it said.
"The bids would see Optus build and then operate the new backhaul network for a period of at least five years on behalf of the government."
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