Are you not entertained, Rio workers? Expect a Swift upgrade

Rio workers in the Pilbara

Communications provider Swift Networks has won a material contract to design and construct a remote networking solution at Rio Tinto’s Hope Downs workers’ village in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

Swift will upgrade and provide entertainment and communications facilities to the Hope Downs 1 village, which includes 1064 residences in the remote region.

The contract will see Swift refit and augment Rio’s existing TV system with new fibre optic cabling. Swift will also provide Rio with a new gigabit passive optical network and internet user management solution.

Working with Rio, Swift has engineered a fit-for-purpose solution considerate of the client’s requirements in the harsh Pilbara environment.

Swift will design and construct a network platform that will deliver free-to-air TV, pay TV, an in-room telephone service and in-room Wi-Fi internet to all 1064 rooms at the Hope Downs 1 village.

The contract adds to previous infrastructure works Swift has delivered for Rio at the Jerriwah and Amrun villages in WA and Queensland, respectively.

Swift chief executive officer Xavier Kris said extending the company’s relationship with Rio by supporting more remote site workers was testament to its solution and the work of its engineering and deployment teams.

“We are increasingly seeing our valued resource industry clients prioritise their staff’s entertainment and ability to keep in contact with family and friends whilst working away…the key to building a happy, healthy and productive workforce,” Kris said.

“We look forward to deepening our long-term relationship with Rio Tinto as we support Rio’s drive to upgrade and standardise its workforce’s access top content and communications.”

According to Swift, the contract expands its project-based revenue with the potential for recurring income to follow the infrastructure deployment.

Earlier this year, Swift also won a contract to supply a broad suite of its communications services to the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project offshore WA.

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