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Minister launches Wollongong CampusNet.

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10 August 2000             00/338

MINISTER LAUNCHES WOLLONGONG CAMPUSNET  The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today launched CampusNet, a combined initiative of the University of Wollongong and Nortel Networks to build a state of the art secure Wireless Network. 

Senator Minchin congratulated the collaborative work of the University of Wollongong and Nortel Networks. 

"Our success as a nation is increasingly dependent upon the capacity and willingness of universities and industry to collaborate in research development and commercialisation," Senator Minchin said. 

"Research in wireless communications is ensuring Australia continues to play a key role in the new age. 

"It's potential has far reaching implications, particularly in the future to help further erode the tyranny of distance by connecting Australians to the Internet in a cheaper and less infrastructure-intensive way. 

"The wireless network will revolutionise campus education, students will benefit from accessing lecture notes almost anywhere on the campus with laptops." 

CampusNet is the first network of its kind in Australia, placing the University of Wollongong at the forefront of Wireless Information Technology development. 

To access CampusNet a user will simply need to be in the range of one of the many wireless access points deployed throughout the Wollongong campus. Areas targeted for wireless coverage include those public locations most commonly used by staff and students: lecture theatres, the library, the main University hall, common seating areas, the food hall and parkland areas.   

Contact:  Carolyn Coleman, Senator Minchin's office, 08 8237 7190 


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