The Victorian Government has pitched in $3 million to support the development of the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) over the next three years.
The investment, part of $21 million in funding provided by the university, the Government and a host of industry partners come of including Google, Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Huawei, Microsoft, and Optus, will create 38 new jobs over the next three years.
IBES director, Rod Tucker, said the continued support would help the institute build on projects fro the last two years and continue multidisciplinary research in partnership with industry.
According to Tucker, the investment would help drive further innovation in the development of broadband applications to take advantage of the impending National Broadband Network (NBN).
The institute was established by the university to research and develop potential broadband applications for end users in areas such as health, education, communities, social infrastructure and business.
The institute recently flagged plans to commercialise its internet protocol television (IPTV) service prototype, which could potentially be used to attract international students to study with Australian universities from abroad and solve the falling international student rates.
Addressing a House of Representatives committee hearing into the potential role of the NBN in May, executive director for the IBES, Kate Cornick, said the IPTV service, first develop in 2009, could be used for those unable to attend university in person, or from abroad.
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