Focus on broadband rollout challenges

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Issues surrounding the widespread rollout of broadband in Australia will be the highlight of an international telecommunications conference at the University of Adelaide during December 7-10.

Organised by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, the Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ATNAC) is the major national meeting of researchers in information and communication technology.

Speakers will include leading international and national experts on technical and political aspects of broadband delivery and the future of the Internet.

"The Government's proposed $4.7 billion national broadband network will be one of the largest Australian infrastructure investments ever, bringing a raft of new high speed services to a planned 98% of homes and businesses throughout Australia," said University of Adelaide's Professor Michael Rumsewicz, Conference General Co-Chair.

"With bids for the network closed just last week and the vigorous debate surrounding the bids, there is considerable public interest on the issues to be discussed."

The Conference takes place at the National Wine Centre. The ATNAC 'Broadband Outlook Day' on Monday 8 December focuses on the political and technical challenges facing broadband in Australia and includes:

  • Keynote speakers Professor Andrew Odlyzko from the University of Minnesota speaking on the international broadband scene, and Dr Leith Campbell, Principal Consultant with Ovum Consulting, on opportunities and challenges with the Australian National Broadband Network;
  • Presentations and a Q&A panel with national industry figures from Internode, Telstra, Gartner Research and Alcatel-Lucent;
  • Technical research and development presentations focussed on the next generation of broadband technologies.

    For registration and other details view the website


Contact Details

Professor Michael Rumsewicz
Director, Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking
Director, TRC Mathematical Modelling
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 6919
Mobile: 0417 139 030

Ms Robyn Mills
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 6341
Mobile: +61 410 689 084