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Australia launches broadband applications laboratory

02 October, 2011
By Allison Orr

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has launched the Australian Broadband Applications Laboratory (ABAL).  Funded by the Victorian Government and located at the University of Melbourne, under the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), it is a facility where businesses can pay to test out their applications over high-speed broadband.

The laboratory replicates the NBN set-up, enabling businesses to test products that will later run over the network.

At the launch, the Prime Minister said:
"The United Nations has stated that "broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology." That’s why this Government has put the National Broadband Network and our Digital Economy strategy at the heart of our policy program. The NBN will make Australia the most connected continent on the planet. Broadband is an economic game-changer."

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy also spoke at the launch, making reference to the National Digital Economy Strategy that was launched in May this year.  This plan outlines details for Australia to rank among the top digital economies by 2020, using the NBN to improve health and education services, and ensureing that Australia ranks in the top give OECD countries in the portion of households that connect to broadband at home.

The Minister also spoke about the Digital Enterprise program, that forms part of that strategy, and opened for applications in September.  This program offers funding opportunities to small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organizations in the first five NBN first-release sites, to take advantage of opportunities of the NBN.  Applications close on 5 October 2011.

Previously published in undefined.

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