NBN Co – the company building Australia’s national broadband network – has announced key new collaborative agreements with the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney.
The partnerships will focus on research and development of technologies such as robotics, Internet of Things, technology for social good, programmable networks, data analytics and visualisation for customer experience, artificial intelligence, wireless technologies and smart cities.
“These two new relationships will help NBN Co double down on our strong focus on technology innovation for customer experience and operational excellence,” said NBN Co CTO Ray Owen. “With these innovative institutions… we saw a natural fit in helping NBN Co further enable the digital economy.”
“In addition to R&D, the agreements are expected to cover additional opportunities for collaboration such as post-doctoral research opportunities and student exchanges,” NBN Co said. “Each of these focus areas align under the goal of collaboration to adapt new ideas and translate innovation into a commercial reality.”
The firm said combining its own technical resources with UTS and UoM in these relationships would boost its ability to bring new technologies into the market – allowing the network builder to improve the end-user experience.
“In addition, allowing UTS and UoM access to NBN Co’s substantial technical resources will also be hugely beneficial to these universities and their students in terms of gaining access to real-world telecoms network operational data,” NBN CO said.