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History

NEC Corporation has over 100 years’ expertise in technological innovation, designed to empower people, businesses and society.

The company was originally formed in 1899, as a limited partnership between Japanese investors and the Western Electric Company. It began by producing and selling telephones and switching systems.

The company quickly expanded as it contributed to technological advances in radio communications, computer design, photo telegraphic equipment, telecommunications and broadcast transmissions.

Today, NEC Corporation is a Global Fortune 500 company with around 109,000 employees worldwide and consolidated net revenues of $US36.9 billion (financial year ended 31 March 2012).

Origins of NEC Australia

NEC Australia opened in 1969 with just five employees at the head office in Mulgrave, Victoria. Today, we employ over 1,600 staff located in all major centres across Australia, delivering a comprehensive portfolio of ICT solutions and services.

Milestones
2012 NEC Australia (NECA) acquires CSG’s IT Solutions business, one of the largest and leading Australian ICT consultancy and services firms
2010 NECA introduces PBX and Contact Centre cloud services
2009 NECA launches Broadband for Seniors Internet kiosks across the Australia
2008 NECA revolutionises the classroom with a new interactive whiteboard
2007 The UNIVERGE Communications Centre is launched
2004 Five super computer sites are located in Australia
Australia implements the first i-mode mobiles for Telstra
2003 Next Generation broadband research unit is established
Delivery of Australia ’s first 3G mobiles - Hutchinson
2001 NEXTEP Broadband launched to deliver broadband services to small and medium enterprises throughout Australia
40,000 key telephone systems sold
1999 NECA opens the world's most advanced semiconductor R&D facility
1998 Launched maxi multimedia, a world first multimedia project offering on-line access to Victorian Government services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1997 Won the contract to provide rural and remote Australia with an advanced communications system
1996 Introduced digital mobile telephones including Australia 's first designed and developed GSM mobile
1994 Produced our millionth colour television in Australia
Launched the mobile satellite telephone - the world's first mobile satellite telephone
1992 Launched the world's smallest phone - the P5
Completed installation of the PABX network at the Australian Antarctic Divisions Headquarters in Kingston, Tasmania, linking field bases at Macquarie Island, Casey, Davis and Mawson Stations
1990 Upgraded the Brisbane to Cairns microwave broadcast transmission link and completed the Melbourne-Adelaide microwave link
1989 Sold our 10,000th PABX in Australia
1986 Launched Cellular Mobile Telephones, EFT-POS Data Modems, and Envoy Telephones
1985 Completed the Bendigo, Victoria, remote satellite main earth station, a part of the Iterra Network Service
1984 Commenced manufacture of Fibre Optics Transmission Systems
1983 Commenced marketing pagers in Australia
1981 NECA Computers Australia established
NECA's 500th PABX system is sold
1980 Started producing PABX equipment
1979 Launched facsimile machines
1977 Japan's National Space Development Agency launches the NEC-produced Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (Himawari)
1969 NECA commenced operations with 5 employees