HyperOne, which is building an Australia-wide fibre transmission network, will partner with Victoria's UGC-5DG to build one of two legs connecting Melbourne and Sydney.
The multimillion dollar contract will see UGC-5DG build 1000km of fibre loop as part of ‘phase 1a’ of the project.
Phase 1a aims to connect Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in a 2300km diverse fibre loop by December 2022.
HyperOne said UGC-5DG will create more than 200 new access points for regional communities.
HyperOne is a startup by telecommunications entrepreneur Bevan Slattery announced last year that will invest $1.5 billion in building a 20,000km fibre network that connects capital cities and 2000 regional areas.
“Our focus has always been on delivering a new digital backbone, built by Australians for Australians - and this contract with UGC-5DG reflects our commitment to Aussie jobs," Slattery said.
HyperOne also said last December that it would source 7600km of fibre from Melbourne-based AFL Global for Phase 1a .
The full network is expected to be completed in 2024.