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Remote project wins internationallyA remote Australian telecommunications project won at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards in London last night.
Telstra and its partners are celebrating after winning a second international award for their Arnhem Land Fibre Project – a $34m joint venture between Telstra, the Northern Territory Government and Rio Tinto Alcan and achieved with valuable support from the Northern Land Council.
Telstra Country Wide’s Group Managing Director Brett Riley said the major contributing factor to winning at this level is the innovative multi-party agreement approach the company takes to remote network investments.
“Telstra will continue to develop business cases with all levels of government, large enterprises, and other organisations for network extensions where normal commercial investment is viewed as uneconomic,” said Mr Riley.
This winning project has seen the laying of over 800km of fibre optic backbone through tropical savannah terrain from Jabiru to Nhulunbuy. Further works in late 2009 means a number of island communities also have broadband access.
Life-changing technology associated with high-speed broadband is now being used to deliver services across this region of Australia, significantly improving access to education, health, justice and business services and contributes to regional growth.
Mr Riley credits strong partnerships with vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Prysmian Cables & Systems Australia and Ericsson Australia, as another factor to the project’s success.
“This win is truly a team effort from our international suppliers to our network construction fibre crews on the ground working with traditional owners in 45oC conditions.
“This win is particularly sweet for us as it coincides with Telstra Country Wide’s ten year anniversary and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to regional, rural and remote communities,” Mr Riley said.
Including this latest achievement, the Arnhem Land Fibre Project has notched up seven award wins at international, national and state levels.
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Telstra’s Arnhem Land Fibre Project wins now include:
June 2010: Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2010 in the category of fixed network infrastructure innovation;
March 2010: Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) 2010 Excellence Awards in the category of best communication Initiative – regional;
November 2009: World Communication Awards 2009 in the category of best project management;
October 2009: National Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Achievement Awards in the category of best construction/ engineering project with a total budget of less than $100m;
September 2009: two AIPM Northern Division awards – the 'Project of the Year' award and the Territory’s award for best construction/ engineering project with a total budget of less than $100m; and
March 2009: ATUG 2009 Excellence Award in the category of best communications initiative - large business.
Reference Number: 178/2010