NBN Co has boosted its construction capacity in Queensland and Victoria with Downer EDI winning a two-year contract to roll out fibre to about 300,000 premises in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Under the terms of the contract, Downer will design and construct the local and distribution network that runs fibre from a local communications exchange through each street in a coverage area.
The new contract will see up to 500 people working on the contracts at peak.
Downer, which is already rolling out the network in Northern New South Wales, becomes the third major contractor rolling out fibre in both Queensland and Victoria.
It has also won further contracts to connect apartments and office blocks (MDUs) to the NBN in Victoria and NSW.