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Steve Negus

Steve Negus, Aurecon

Stephen (Steve) Negus is Aurecon’s Industry Leader for Data & Telecommunications.


With over 28 years of experience in designing and deploying infrastructure for clients, Steve continues to focus on a wide range of project solutions for clients in radio astronomy, wireless and fixed line telephony, broadcast, broadband, satellite services and data centres.

Your most challenging project? Why?

The Optus N110 Rural Rollout required us to mobilise nationally from a core team of 30 to over 100 staff nationally within three months. Taking into account all the associated recruitment, establishment of procedures and tools, as well as training of staff that needed to accompany actual delivery, this was logistically a huge challenge at the time. Many fine people on our project team ‘went the extra mile and significantly are now prominent leaders in infrastructure delivery in the industry.

An essential key to innovative thinking? And why?

We must be focussed on the benefits to our clients. If we strive to provide a benefit such as reducing capital cost, earlier speed to market, a streamlined project management process, a simpler construction method from our design or even simply allowing our client personnel to have a much happier experience in working with Aurecon, then our clients will keep coming back.

The most important lesson you learnt early in your career.

Don’t assume that what is written in a brief is what the client really wants. The more personal engagement with key client staff, the better off we’ll be on delivering on the key drivers.

Where do you see the data and telecommunications industry over the next five years?

The data and telecommunications industry is once again riding a wave of investment driven by the demand for data transport and storage. The continued uptake of smart phones and smart tablets, as well as the rollout of 4G/LTE technology with wireless data stored in ‘the cloud’ will drive expansion and capacity of wireless infrastructure.

‘E’ initiatives such as eHealth, eGovernment, etc. combined with development of and demand for social networking will drive fibre rollouts and the data centres needed to store data.

‘Smart’ buildings, smart grids, precincts and cities will also push the need for total information and communications technology (ICT) solutions as well as infrastructure.

Enjoyment is…

Continuing to work with satisfied clients, who keep coming back. Life is all about people and enjoying our relationships.

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