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Victoria funds broadband research initiative

The government of Victoria is contributing AU$3 million towards a broadband research institute based at the University of Melbourne.

Victoria’s contribution is part of a larger investment of AU$21m in the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) that will support the creation of 38 new jobs over the next three years.

“The continuing support for IBES allows the Institute to build upon its successes of the past two years and continue to foster multi-disciplinary research in partnership with industry,” said Rod Tucker, IBES director, in a statement on 13 July

“The $21 million investment cements IBES at the forefront of broadband research in Australia and will drive greater innovation in the development of broadband applications to harness the potential of the National Broadband Network,” he said.

The combined support of the government of Victoria, the University of Melbourne and industry represents one of the largest investments in broadband application research in Australia.

IBES was founded in July 2009. Its research programme investigates broadband applications and end user experiences in health, education, communities, social infrastructure and businesses.