Brisbane at Centre of Worldwide Internet Technology Trial

3rd August 2005

For immediate release

Brisbane will be the Australian focus of internet technology experts this week with the simultaneous trial across five continents of the next generation of internet technology.

The technology – described by participants as a major internet breakthrough for this decade – is 7,000 times more powerful than the standard cable broadband connection in an Australian home.

This is equivalent to playing 100 DVDs simultaneously over the internet.

Driven by the $14 million GrangeNet and AARNet3 global network, the next generation internet technology allows multiple participants to communicate simultaneously via virtually limitless bandwidth at Gigabit speeds.

Brisbane-based research and development group, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (better known as ACID), has facilitated the Australian link for the trial at their Kelvin Grove headquarters within Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries Precinct.

Five continents and cultures will be linked through the simultaneous internet trial, providing an unprecedented real-time multimedia conference. The performance, titled “In Common: TIME” will exhibit to SIGGRAPH, the world’s largest computer art and interactivity conference in Los Angeles.

"This represents a true broadband application that showcases the kind of bandwidth that people and companies should be able to access in their homes and businesses," said Professor Jeff Jones, CEO of ACID.

For more information:
Jason Pickersgill, ACID. T: 07 3337 7929 or 0432 163 886. E:

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