The federal government must now develop value-added broadband services if it wants to grow the country’s fledgling digital economy, according to the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
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This follows last week’s deadline for bids for the government’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
ACS chairman Kumar Parakala said although competition was fierce between the NBN bidders, the real competition will come from creating affordable and diverse broadband services to run on the NBN.
“Broadband is a facilitator, not an end in itself,” Parakala said.
“It is pivotal that our collaborative focus as an industry and in government is to leverage this infrastructure and urgently turn our attention to supporting the industry’s development of value-added services, creating real benefits for Australia,” he said.
According to Parakala, the NBN has the potential to enable better lifestyles, improve industry growth, make Australia more environmentally sustainable and improve education and health services.