Optus has placed bids to build all six of the fibre links the Government is funding under its $250 million backhaul blackspots scheme.
The move confirmed an earlier statement made by the telco to iTnews that it would consider constructing the links if the projects proved "to be economically and commercially viable".
The telco said in a statement today that it had bid for projects covering Darwin, Emerald, Longreach, the South West Gippsland coast, Victor Harbour and Geraldton.
"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," Optus said.
"[They] are now open for consideration by the Government, and Optus looks forward to the next stage in the process."
Issue: 330 | August 2014
Access CRN's extensive online resources including; email bulletins, community discussions and unique online news.
Processing registration... Please wait.
This process can take up to a minute to complete.
A confirmation email has been sent to your email address - SUPPLIED GOES EMAIL HERE. Please click on the link in the email to verify your email address. You need to verify your email before you can log on to the CRN website or start posting comments on articles.
If you do not receive your confirmation email within the next few minutes, it may be because the email has been captured by a junk mail filter. Please ensure you add the domain '@crn.com.au' to your white-listed senders.