Prime Minister visits NICTA (National ICT Australia) – Australia’s national ICT R&D organisation
Prime Minister Gillard visited NICTA’s headquarters in Sydney today to tour its new Digital Productivity lab which brings researchers and small businesses together to help businesses take advantage of high-speed broadband. The PM also toured NICTA’s Future Logistics Living Lab, a purpose built ‘living laboratory’ for industry and research to come together and apply ICT to solve challenges facing the supply chain logistics industry.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, at NICTA’s Australian Technology Park Laboratory in Eveleigh to attend the NBN Co. announcement of the three-year roll-out of the National Broadband Network. The announcement unveiled the indicative locations that are due to see construction of the National Broadband Network started or completed by mid 2015.
Senator Conroy said, “The announcement of the three year rollout of the NBN is a significant milestone and it is fitting that NICTA was chosen as the location for the announcement.
“Many of NICTA’s technologies demonstrate how the NBN will change the way Australians live and work, including delivering better health and education services to the home and driving the economy by allowing small businesses to access new markets anywhere in the world.”
NICTA CEO, Hugh Durrant-Whyte hosted the event and said, “ICT is the key future driver for both the economic and social wellbeing of Australia and a rich broadband capability will accelerate take-up of the digital economy. NICTA is leading transformation across several industry sectors with its world-class R&D in optimisation, machine learning, networks and software systems.”
ike Quigley, CEO of NBN Co. also addressed distinguished leaders of industry and government as well as members of the press and said, “This is a landmark day for Australia’s digital future. The NBN is not just about faster internet – it is about an upgrade to the important infrastructure that can help our country to thrive in the next 50 to 100 years. This is a great step forward in helping to address some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, education and business.”
Find out more:
Digital Productivity Showcase
Future Logistics Living Lab
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