A leading ICT industry body has called on the soon-to-be-announced NBNco board to make its first focus the services and digital economy benefits the National Broadband Network (NBN) will create.
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) CEO, Ian Birks said that although the immediate issues around regulation created by the Federal Government’s proposed fibre-to-the-premises (fttp) network would need to be resolved, it was the outcomes of the NBN that were the most important.
“The board needs to decide what the value-add services we’re looking to achieve with the NBN are, and how we’re going to achieve those,” Birks said.
“Rolling out the technology will be a project in itself, but what we can achieve with it will be an equally important consideration.”
Some of those outcomes have been identified in the future directions paper, Birks said, but in those cases the AIIA would like to see clear directions.
“There’s a number of issues and goals already highlighted, but we’d like to see a clearer plan to address those issues,” he said. “The NBN board is going to need a lot of industry bodies on board to make this side of the rollout a success.”
The calls come on the back of news the Victorian Government has put up $5 million to help fund NBN applications and the announcement that a Melbourne University professor has set up the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society to look at this field.