Telstra today announced the formal commencement of a trial with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd to evaluate the use of a smart service gateway as a multi-purpose platform for the delivery of value-added broadband services to customers.
Telstra Announces Broadband eLab Services Trial at
Launceston/Cologne, November 11, 2003: Telstra today announced the formal commencement of a trial with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd to evaluate the use of a
smart service gateway as a multi -purpose platform for the delivery of value -added broadband services to customers. Speaking at the Telstra Research Laboratories' (TRL) 80th birthday celebration held at its Launceston Broadband eLab (B -eLab), TRL's
Managing Director and Telstra Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Hugh Bradlow said the 12 month trial would help to define the deployment of future broadband applications via asmart service gateway.
"This trial is a real example of the work underway at the B -eLab," Dr. Bradlow said.
"Importantly, the Samsung smart service gateway is a prototype that will provide us with the flexibility we are seeking to trial services, which will make it easier for our
home and small office customers to take full advantage of the features that broadband can offer, such as home and office security, unified messaging, Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) and video conferencing."
Executive Vice President of Samsung's Digital Solutions Centre, Dr. Heewin Kwon, said Samsung was pleased to be working with the B -eLab in the development of a new
generation of broadband services and applications for business and residential customers.
"Samsung's experience and heritage in the development and enhancement of the broadband experience will provide a sound platform for success of this joint trial," Dr. Kwon said.
As part of the trial, Samsung will utilise open standards software from ProSyst.
Telstra also confirms it is currently negotiating with the Federal Government to extend the successful Launceston Broadband Project (LBP) to June 2006.
"This year provides an excellent opportunity to showcase TRL's commitment to R&D on two equally important fronts - we are celebrating a history rich in significant
telecommunications achievements as well as a steadfast focus on delivering future innovations," Dr. Bradlow said.
"The establishment of the B -eLab in 2000 as part of the LBP was an important step in Telstra's R&D program as it provides a unique, 'living laboratory' environment to trial
new telecommunications and multimedia services.
"The B -eLab - along with our Labs in Clayton, Victoria and Sydney - continues to set an exciting direction in Telstra's ongoing offerings of innovative solutions into the marketplace, shaping the way Australians live and work, well into the future," he said.
About Telstra Corporation
Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications carrier and a world -class fully integrated, full service
provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. Telstra has
more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers.
Telstra is Australia's leading ISP,
has the most highly accessed family of internet portals and sites and provides entertainment and
multimedia content over its broadband network and through its Pay -TV joint venture Foxtel.
About the Launceston Broadband Project and the Broadband eLab
The Launceston Broadband Project (LBP), established in 1999 and jointly funded by Telstra and the Commonwealth, consists of three parts:
1. The roll -out of an advanced access to the Internet for a substantial number of customers in the
Launceston region to provide a "living laboratory" for new telecommunications and multimedia services -
the "broadband access";
2. The establishment of a development laboratory to take product and service concepts from R&D to
commercialisation - the Broadband eLab (B -eLab), opened in August 2000, is a unique part of TRL and
the first Telstra R&D facility located outside Sydney or Melbourne;
3. The $5m Business Development Fund (funded from the Governments contribution of $15m and
managed by the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre) designed to stimulate new high -tech business
opportunities in Launceston.
About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication and digital
convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 75,000 people in 89 offices in 47
countries. The company is the world`s largest producer of CDMA mobile phones, TFT -LCDs, monitors, VCRs and MWOs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. For more information, please visit us at: www.Samsung.com
Samsung`s Digital Solution Centre based in Seoul, South Korea works hand -in -hand with Samsung`s four
main business units to create advanced convergent products, services and solutions for the digital home
including safety, security, home -office, entertainment, home control, building management and VoIP
solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.Samsung.com/homenetwork
ProSyst Software AG is a leading provider of embedded Java and OSGi -compliant software for the delivery of advanced services and applications to all types of remote devices, including those in home, vehicle, industrial, and other networked environments. Based on open standards, ProSyst technology provides device interoperability and enables the time -and cost -effective development, deployment, and management of services. ProSyst was established in 1997 and currently employs 200 people, of whom 150 are Java developers and consultants. The company is headquartered in Cologne, Germany. Shareholders include SAP AG among others. For further information please visit: www.prosyst.com