A new $2 million institute has been established to address the lack of knowledge about broadband applications in anticipation of the the Federal Government's National Broadband Network (NBN).
The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) will be based at the University of Melbourne and is designed to develop innovation with broadband application across a wide range of disciplines including medicine, engineering, education, social sciences, economics, business and the environmental sciences.
Director of the IBES, Professor Rod Tucker, said a focus on applications would be vital for Australian industries to get the most out of the NBN.
“There will be a whole range of new opportunities opened as a result of the NBN, the IBES has been designed to investigate these,” Professor Tucker said.
In addition, the IBES would look forward to potential future applications of the technology, as the optical fibres running the NBN are upgradeable.
“I haven’t seen anything quite like this group before,” Professor Tucker said. “There are other groups with interest in this kind of study, but the strength of IBES is that it brings together people across many fields.”
The IBES will also work with industry organisations to develop the research. It has 10 partnerships including Cisco, Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent, Telstra, Ericsson, NEC Australia, Optus, Allied Telesis, Pacific Broadband Networks, and Haliplex.