Veris’ Aqura Technologies has confirmed the receipt of a A$1.1 million infrastructure upgrade contract from Fortescue Metals Group to outfit its Kangi accommodations village with advanced fibre optic communications.

The scope of the deal includes design and delivery of physical upgrades to the GPON network at the Pilbara region complex, which is at the mine site of Fortescue’s Solomon operation.

Works are expected to be completed in July and, when complete, will allow for entertainment services at the 1,850-room village as well as workforce wellbeing programmes.

“We are very mindful of the benefits of this type of investment which fundamentally supports and enhances the positive wellbeing for FIFO staff who are away from home for extended periods and need reliable infrastructure to support connections to family and friends,” Aqura CEO Travis Young said.

Aqura has delivered private LTE networks since 2016, including Australia’s first underground 4G LTE network in 2017.

Its Content Access Network (CAN) solutions were previously implemented for clients like BHP, Newmont, Oz Minerals and Abra Mining.