Tech giant, Intel, has signed a three year memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government to share research and advice on the National Broadband Network (NBN).
According to a statement released by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, the two parties will share research about usage models on the NBN. The agreement was signed today between the Minister and Intel general manager, Navin Shenoy.
“This MOU will enable Australia to benefit from Intel’s global experiences in using high speed broadband in areas such as health, education, business and environmental management," Senator Conroy said.
Intel Australia general manager, Philip Cronin, said the deal was a formalisation of work already being done between the parties. He claimed it was a win-win deal that gave Intel a competitive edge and the best tech research and products.
“We’re not looking at data streams, we’re looking at usage…this is almost anthropological research,” Cronin said. “How people use it, what they turn on first…it’s less about bits and bytes and feeds.
“This is really about what 10,000 or 50,000 people do over a period of time. So it’s ethnographic research. It’ll be opt-in and we’ll be very clear on that.”
Although not all the data will be made public, Cronin claimed it would help Australians get more funding from Intel Capital and help boost investment from other foreign companies in local tech developers.
Intel Capital is the vendor’s venture capital division. Staff from Intel’s World Ahead Program, which features experts in e-government, education, health and energy management, will also work with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and NBN Co.