NEC follows Intel’s lead and formalises business with Gillard Government

Press Release for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today announced an agreement with NEC Corporation to promote innovation and international excellence which capitalises on the rollout of the National Broadband network (NBN).

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government, NEC Corporation will keep the Government informed about its activities, particularly, in the areas of aged care and intelligent transport systems.

"The Gillard Government welcomes the opportunity to work with NEC, a leader in research and development, and innovation, in Australia to capitalise on the drive towards the digital economy," Senator Conroy said.

"Like the MOU signed with Intel in October 2010, this agreement formalises work with NEC. It further signals the Government's intention to collaborate with industry to deliver an NBN-enabled digital economy.

"NEC brings a wealth of experience in the application of emerging technologies to improve the delivery of products and services, such as broadband Access Systems, advanced robotics for aged care, and road to vehicle communication systems."

Greater engagement with the digital economy will assist Australia in delivering aged care. Effective use of video conferencing and other tools can assist in keeping older people at home for longer.

In the area of intelligent transport, more streamlined management of traffic flows and other traffic issues will assist reducing the impact of congestion on our natural and built environment.

"It is our intention to ensure that as the digital economy continues to develop across all facets of the economy and of society, that the infrastructure in place is supported by expert knowledge on its application. The Gillard Government is continuing to work with industry to ensure the growth of Australia's digital economy and to achieve the digital productivity benefits of the NBN."

The President of NEC Corporation, Mr Nobuhiro Endo, signed the MOU on NEC's behalf in Melbourne today.