The Brumby state government has saddled up $5 million for the development of next generation ICT applications as part of its efforts to be the National Broadband Network’s main stable.
In a press statement, Victoria premier, John Brumby claimed the investment would help secure the state’s economy going forward and help it become a world leader in the field.
“The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide underlying fibre optic broadband infrastructure but what we will need next is the new generation of ICT applications,” he said in the statement.
“Victoria already has a fibre optic broadband industry unparalleled in Australia and a rapidly growing fibre to the home network including 18 new estates with over 25,000 new homes being connected to fibre, such as the University Hill, Aurora and Sandhurst estates.”
The $5 million will be used to fund projects that use ICT in fields such as environment, health, local government, community services, emergency services and education. The selected projects will also be tested in the states existing broadband network areas.
The statement also said the fund is part of the state’s $15 million Collaborative Internet Innovation Fund (cIIF).
The news comes quickly on the back of the announcement a new $2 million institute has been established to address the lack of knowledge about broadband applications in anticipation of the NBN.
The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) will be hosted at the University of Melbourne.