Four hundred new manufacturing jobs will be created for Australian workers following the signing of three National Broadband Network equipment contracts.
Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr, on behalf of Broadband Minister Senator Stephen Conroy, said he was delighted the contracts, which total
$1.6 million, were being awarded to three companies with significant operations in Australia.
“The companies signing these contracts are part of the Australian manufacturing industry. Their involvement in the NBN rollout will create jobs for
Australian workers and increase the skills we have in this country,” Senator Carr said.
“Australian company Warren & Brown Technologies and Australian located global companies Prysmian and Corning will help the Government deliver the NBN through the supply of essential hardware equipment. This includes underground and aerial cable, user connection equipment, splice closures, fibre distribution hubs, optical distribution frames and sub-racks.
“These companies will help the Government build the NBN during the next five years.”
In selecting the companies, NBN Co undertook a procurement process consistent with their Corporate Plan and related 30 year business modelling.
During the process, the companies demonstrated a commitment to investing in local manufacturing and skills development, to deliver the volumes required.
Senator Carr said the NBN will generate jobs and underpin Australia’s long-term economic and international competitiveness.
“It will allow our high schools, colleges, universities and TAFEs to connect with each other and provide better education services to students of all ages, he said.
“And it will enable our researchers to communicate more effectively with each other.”
Also, regional and rural Australians could have face-to-face medical consultations without travelling long distances to a surgery.