A total of 21 companies have been called on to submit bids for the right to construct Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), according to Reuters. NBN Co, the public-private company set up to oversee the high speed broadband infrastructure’s rollout, has slimmed down from 45 the number of companies battling for the contract after considering factors such as necessary specialisations and capacity. ‘The lead contractors will need all the resources and skills available to them to realise this project,’ Patrick Flannigan, head of construction at NBN Co noted.
Those companies that are still in the running include fixed line incumbent Telstra along with some of Australia’s largest construction companies such as Downer EDI, UGL and Leighton Holdings. The tender process is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.