Australia, Japan reach broadband accord

Agreement to "strengthen bilateral cooperation in broadband technology"

Australia and Japan appear to have signed a bilateral agreement relating to broadband, with NBN chief executive, Mike Quigley, and other government officials having met with Japanese Communications Minister, Kazuhiro Haraguchi, this week, according to reports.

TMCNet.com reported a translation of a statement on the Japan Economic Newswire this week that Haraguchi had agreed with Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, to "strengthen bilateral cooperation in broadband technology".

According to the publication, Australia's National Broadband Network project dovetails with a similar project in Japan which is slated to give all households in the country fibre internet access through 2015. "The broadband accord came a day after Haraguchi reached agreements with Australian officials to strengthen cooperation in information and communications technology," TMCNet.com reported.

However, it remains unclear exactly what both countries have agreed to.

A spokesperson for NBN Co confirmed Quigley had met with Haraguchi but did not have further details to add. S

Spokespeople from the offices of Minister Conroy and Industry Minister, Kim Carr, did not immediately return calls on the matter. TMCNet.com also reported that ACMA chief, Chris Chapman, met with the delegation.

At least some Japanese technology is being used in the construction of the NBN - in Tasmania, Japanese giant NEC's equipment is being used as the final terminating point between premises and the NBN fibre network. However, French networking rival Alcatel-Lucent so far appears to be the biggest benefactor from the NBN's mainland construction.

Japan and its neighbour Korea are frequently cited as being examples of countries which already have high levels of penetration of high-speed broadband -- especially via fibre.

According to Australian telco consultancy, Buddecomm, Japan has more than 30 million broadband lines in place, making it the third-largest broadband country in the world, after the US and China. The country also had more than 20 million users of IP telephony services by the end of 2009.

Japanese companies have also been making in-roads into Australia. This week telco giant, NTT, announced its intention to pick up IT services group Dimension Data, which has a substantial Australian operation. And last week, local wireless player Big Air won a deal to supply fixed wireless services to NTT so that the telco can offer the service to customers.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags NBNnbn coNECdimension dataKim Carralcatel-lucentStephen ConroyMike QuigleybuddecommCommunications MinisterNTTIndustry Minister

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?