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NEC Australia reaches major milestones in broadband development and deployment

  • 14 February, 2006 12:14

<p>NEC Australia today announced a number of major milestones in the company’s broadband DSL business.
This month, NEC Australia reported that it has delivered one million DSL ports to Telstra and deployed its unique TV over DSL solution to half a million subscribers to PCCW’s world leading now Broadband TV service in Hong Kong - the first and largest commercial video-over-DSL deployment in the world.</p>
<p>NEC commenced volume supply of DSL in Australia in July 2004, and has provided a broadband solution that has addressed rollout speed and reach, as well as the flexibility to adapt to future network changes through the provision of higher speed services. The solution enables ADSL2+ services to be provided when required through remote activation.</p>
<p>Since August 2001, NEC Australia has been developing and deploying its DSL technology and platform to PCCW Limited in Hong Kong. The now Broadband TV service was launched in September 2003, and has been a runaway success in Hong Kong. Two years later, now Broadband TV has 500,000 customers.</p>
<p>NEC and PCCW collaborated closely to deliver a complete Pay TV experience over broadband, allowing customers to enjoy DVD quality movies at the same time as accessing interactive online features at high speeds, using the same connection. The design, years ahead of its time, will also incorporate HDTV.</p>
<p>NEC Australia began development work on ADSL in 1993 at the company’s global R&amp;D centre in Melbourne.</p>
<p>Now boasting 163 software and hardware engineers dedicated to access products development, new enhancements to the company’s Next Generation Broadband R&amp;D Centre in Melbourne were commemorated by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks in 2003 at the official opening. NEC Australia has been working on DSL technology development for over 10 years and has played an integral part in the global development of broadband technologies.</p>
<p>NEC Australia’s Managing Director, Mr Toshiharu Iwasa comments that “NEC Australia has always been at the forefront of developing emerging technologies, many of which are not only world class - they have also been world first. We plan to maintain our leadership position in IT and network solutions R&amp;D here in Australia and expand our reach to new export markets.”</p>
<p>Revenue earned from exports, which includes both broadband and mobile technologies, has increased from A$20M in 1990 to A$170M in 2004 while the total amount spent on R&amp;D has increased from A$6M in 1990 to A$43M in 2004.</p>
<p>As a major R&amp;D investor in Australia, NEC Australia’s R&amp;D export earnings from 1990 to 2004 have totaled A$1.2 billion, while R&amp;D expenditure between those years has amounted to A$0.4 billion.
Most recently, NEC Australia has secured major broadband technology deployments to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia and Turkey. A large percentage of broadband technology deployed to Japan is based on platforms developed by NEC Australia.</p>
<p>NEC Australia’s Broadband R&amp;D Centre is continually enhancing the broadband access product portfolio to support the full range of triple play services – voice, video and data – delivered in next generation network architecture. These enhanced features are already under evaluation by NEC’s key export customers.</p>
<p>For media enquiries, please contact:
Lynn Hepple
Public &amp; Media Relations Manager
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 9264 3746
0411 563 907
lynn.hepple@nec.com.au</p>
<p>About NEC Australia
NEC Australia is a provider of superior, affordable products, services and solutions to carriers, business, government and consumers. As a leader in the development of broadband and mobile communications technologies, NEC Australia’s strong sales and service focus has propelled the company to the forefront of a new era in communications. Through the provision of new technologies such as plasma displays, data projectors and high-speed broadband connections, NEC Australia also drives innovation into the home. Boasting the largest Research and Development facility in Australia, NEC’s commitment to innovation and continued expansion into export markets remains unrivalled. As well as undertaking leading R &amp; D in DSL technologies and third-generation (3G) mobile terminals, NEC Australia's broadband business, NEXTEP Broadband, delivers business grade DSL services for SMEs, corporates and government. For additional information, please visit the NEC Australia or NEXTEP websites at www.nec.com.au and www.nextep.com.au.</p>

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