Intel is predicting Australia’s $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) will be the cornerstone of a new computing continuum.
The vendor used its Intel Solution Summit (ISS) in Macau to outline its vision of embedding processing capabilities in every electronic device and connecting them all via the Internet. This will include simple machines such as projectors and point-of-sale (PoS) equipment.
With the NBN implementation now underway, Intel sales and marketing group general manager, Navin Shenoy, said Australia will be at the forefront of the company’s goal of a “compute continuum”.
“The NBN will be a phenomenon for growth in our industry,” he said. “Imagine what you can do with a 100Mbps Internet connection. Everything you get will be through the Internet in terms of video and so on.”
Shenoy said Intel was working closely with Minister for Broadband, Senator Stephen Conroy, to test the potential of the NBN and how to build applications on top of the network.
“It remains to be seen what the NBN would mean to the channel but partners will have opportunities on things like datacentre build-outs,” he said. “Some of our partners are experimenting with datacentre infrastructures and providing cloud-based services.
“There are a lot of opportunities to participate and play.”
Australia has been a promising market for Intel in the Asia-Pacific region with a PC segment growth rate of 28 per cent in the first quarter of 2010.
- Spandas Lui travelled to the Intel Solutions Summit as a guest of Intel.