All three have been given initial purchase orders worth about half their total contract value. NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, said: "Part of our purchasing strategy is to make a substantial up front purchase commitment to encourage suppliers to invest in their Australian supply chain ramp-up as we head to volume rollout. They can invest with confidence in plant, equipment, recruitment and training to meet the needs of our national project."
Corning will be the initial supplier of aerial cable, providing selected types of splice closures and will jointly supply feeder cables and drop cables which will connect individual user premises to the fibre network. Corning's existing manufacturing facility in Clayton, Melbourne has already supplied fibre optic cable and other equipment to help build NBN Co's first release sites.
NBN Co said it would "work with Corning who will enhance their Australia-based manufacture and assembly capacity to meet the needs of the NBN rollout."
NBN Co has place an initial purchase order of $400 million with Coring and says that more than half of this contract value will be made in Australia. "Corning will invest in additional cable plant and equipment to manufacture specialised ribbon cable and expand its cable sheathing operations as part of a commitment to manufacture a high proportion of its fibre optic cable for NBN Co in Australia," NBN Co said."
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