The Tasmanian ICT Centre has received a $50 million boost to its coffers for the next five years. The funds will help develop new services to demonstrate wide-scale connectivity provided by the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Some of the funds will come from the Federal Government, which will directly commit $20 million of new money and this will be matched by the CSIRO.
The Tasmanian Government will contribute a further $5 million, including $1.2 million from the Intelligent Island program, which is to be directed to this project under agreement with the Commonwealth. The final $5 million will be raised from the industry.
The centre will host a node of the Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI) to leverage the opportunities and benefits that arise from the NBN.
“Tasmania is a ‘living laboratory’ of ideal size and scale to demonstrate technologies and to develop solutions with national and international potential,” Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said.
The Gillard Labor Government is investing $40 million in vital research into enabling technologies that will help Tasmania exploit the enormous benefits of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The Tasmanian ICT Centre was created in 2006 as a research alliance between CSIRO, the Commonwealth Government and the Tasmanian Government with the goal of developing an internationally competitive ICT sector in Tasmania.