NBN Co joins ng Connect
NBN Co has become the first Australian company to join ng Connect, a global program initiated by Alcatel-Lucent to accelerate innovation in service and business ideas. We will work with Alcatel-Lucent to identify collaborative innovation opportunities and draw the brightest local innovators to build a local ng Connect development ecosystem.
Service concepts already developed in the ng Connect ecosystem span digital retail, health and wellness, entertainment, connected learning, transportation, utilities and public safety. In Australia, we will develop focuses in health/aged-care, small/medium business services, education and agricultural/smart farming technology.
Sean Casey, NBN Co Broadband Applications Advisor, said ng Connect complements NBN Co’s work rolling out the NBN. "We’re excited by the opportunity to work with Alcatel-Lucent, through ng Connect, to create a vibrant and fast-moving collaborative ecosystem in Australia. We’ll work directly with local developers and innovators, connect them to global peers and drive forward new high-speed broadband service concepts and business models."
ng Connect is now seeking Australia’s brightest service providers, technology companies and innovators to engage in the ng Connect program. The Australian ng Connect Innovation Workshop kickoff is in planning for the second half of 2013.