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27 March 1998 CRC sets mobile multimedia research agenda One of Australia’s leading telecommunications research centres is to embark on a major new mobile multimedia research project aimed at ensuring Australia is well placed to capitalise on the third generation of telecommunication products that will be available next century.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Broadband Telecommunications Networking (CRC-BTN) announced today that it would be working to ensure Australia was in a position to fully exploit the potential that would be offered by the new products.

The first generation of telecommunications products was centred around the mobile analogue phone. The second (and present) generation of telecommunications products are centred on the digital phones such as GSM and its capacity to carry some data as well as voice communications.

Mr Chris Isaac, Director, CRC-BTN, said that the third generation of telecommunications products would be capable of carrying a full range of information and data services, including video images and the Internet, as well as voice.

“With the advent of third generation products we will be able to, for instance, use mobile phones to directly access location-based services such as street and telephone directories as well as being able to receive real-time video images,” he said.

He said Australia was well placed to adopt these new technologies, known collectively as IMT- 2000 technologies (International Mobile Telecommunications) and there was strong interest from network operators who saw it as a way of moving away from a reliance on expensive

broadband cable rollouts.

As part if its Mobile Multimedia research program the CRC would work in close collaboration with Australian and international partners and focus it efforts on developing products for cost effective niche applications. These applications include mobile video codecs, ATM switches for mobile applications, and advanced digital signal processing to remain at the forefront of network

quality, reliability, capacity and services.

The CRC would also be looking to commercialise its products through an international consortium so it could maximise market size and reach.

The CRC-BTN is one of 67 CRCs was set up by the Federal Government to strengthen collaborative research links between industry, research organisations, educational institutions and relevant government agencies.

For further information: Mr Chris Isaac Director, CRC-BTN Phone: 08 9266 3432


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