Without fast broadband we’ll perish, says Robert Gottliebsen…while Australia’s current and projected facilities will offer the broadband capacity required for enhanced communication, as numbers grow these facilities just won’t be able to cope with all the other applications as well, THOUGH, large companies will be able to cover the gap because they will install large-fibre cables to their premises. The huge numbers of smaller enterprises, including schools and small medical clinics, will not be able to participate and will be at a huge disadvantage to the rest of the world. In essence:
“THE jumbo jet airliner and internet stage one revolutions have greatly reduced Australia’s isolation – but they will both be dwarfed by the impact of the next stage of the internet. Australia, as a first-world country close to the fastest growing part of the world, should be excited by this new development…and whoever wins Government will face a crisis unless they adapt…The big changes that come with the next internet stage will arrive in Australia within four years – about the time of the 2011 federal election. By then, internet communication will offer high-density three-dimensional images that will go very close to duplicating human contact.”
It’s not only Robert Gottliebsen but also John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems who is concerned that Australia needs to ‘speed up’. The Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2007 reported him saying:
“Many economists think productivity growth is limited to between 1 and 2 per cent a year. I believe collaborative technology (commonly known as Web 2.0..the next wave of internet-enabled growth) can lift that to at least 2 to 3 per cent and possibly 5 per cent. In Cisco I’m banking on a 10 per cent hike in productivity this year….Governments around the world are in a race…the benefits won’t be limited to the few out in front but if you don’t jump you’ll lose out…(I rely)…on collaborative technologies to filter ideas from staff, and, soon, customers to pinpoint new and emerging products ‘with tremendous speed’….every country’s economic future rests on four planks:
- broadband in frastructure
- supportive government”
Robert Gottliebsen makes the following points:
This will be the fourth Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA) conference, and once again PWF will present a Workshop ‘Can IT networks help us ‘think local first’ & create ‘local, living economies’ here?’ I look forward to meeting some S. Oz readers??