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$4 million collaboration to advance global broadband - NEC and University of Melbourne awarded ARC linkage grant

$4 million collaboration to advance global broadband - NEC and University of Melbourne awarded ARC linkage grant

Date: 1 Dec 2010
Category: Research and development

NEC and The University of Melbourne will work together to advance wireless broadband communication systems thanks to a $4 million linkage grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The collaboration, announced today, is set to dramatically increase data rates for mobile devices, and help deliver broadband services to remote locations that cannot be serviced by optical fibre.

Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne Professor Jamie Evans said research outcomes from the collaboration are expected to have a significant impact on future global standards for wireless broadband communication.

“The research will also make inroads into defining cloud computing technology – Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand - from a mobile perspective, as well as provide a commercial alternative to Gigabit data access where optical fibre installation is prohibitively expensive or impractical,” he said.

Gordon Gay, General Manager Mobile Global Development Group, NEC Australia said the collaboration – which will link an NEC Wireless Research Group based at the University, with NEC research engineers in Australia and Japan – will significantly increase the impact of NEC’s work and more readily influence the future global standards for wireless broadband communication.

“NEC has been leading the way in mobile standards and the commercial introduction of 3rd Generation networks. We’re already developing devices for 4G, and recognise the need to look even further afield to shape the standards and technology for 5G and beyond in response to the global appetite for mobile broadband.

“Our global customer experience will provide real life context for this research which coupled with the University’s research expertise, will help put Australia at the forefront of research in this area,” Gay said.