11/14/2003 - Telstra 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 a smart 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.
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