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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Media Release

071/05 15 June 2005

Seoul broadband summit leads to new joint activity

Last week’s three-nation meeting on broadband technologies and industry cooperation, held in Seoul in South Korea, bolstered Australia’s working relationship with both Korea and New Zealand on IT issues, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, said today.

“I am proud to say that the summit with South Korea and New Zealand was attended by one of the largest ICT delegations out of Australia led by a Minister,” Senator Coonan said.

“The event provided a platform for Australian industry and research groups to showcase their skills and activities and to forge linkages and contacts with their Korean counterparts.

“Discussions were frank and covered information technology policies, broadband applications, online and mobile content and operational issues such as standards and cyber-security.”

During the summit, the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre and Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative research on photonics.

“It is significant that Korea, the world’s leading broadband power, expressed the wish to establish closer links with Australia to tap into our special areas of expertise,” Senator Coonan said.

“We agreed to hold the broadband summit every year, with the next meeting in Adelaide in 2006. This will be complemented by more frequent working level meetings and workshops arranged by business and government bodies from both countries.

“Immediate areas for cooperation between the three countries will be in areas such as photonics, digital content for film and screen, digital multimedia broadcasting, online and mobile content and e-health.

“Other opportunities for future collaboration include rich media, games, radio frequency identification, interoperability, user behaviour and ongoing attention to privacy and security issues.

“The role of Governments in sponsoring this month’s summit and the first event in 2003 helped bring industry players from all three countries together, opened the dialogue and facilitated industry interactions.”

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