Western Australia has proved its growing capabilities in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector by winning five categories at the prestigious 2008 Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) Awards in Sydney last week.
Industry and Enterprise Minister Francis Logan today congratulated the outstanding work of the local winners and said the awards recognised WA’s exceptional skills in telecommunications and broadband services.
“ICT plays a large role in the growth of the State’s economy, not just through ICT products and services, but as an enabler for other industries,” Mr Logan said.
“The potential for the State in the ICT realm is incredible and I am excited about the opportunities that are still yet to come.”
Mr Logan said a key area of development had been the facilitation of three major broadband-related initiatives to improve telecommunications in regional and indigenous communities; the Ngaanyatjarra Telecommunications Project, the Kimberley Broadband Solutions Project and the Emergency Connect WA Project.
Work on these areas were recognised by the ATUG awards, with the Department of Industry and Resources and project manager Anson Cheng being recognised for their efforts in securing funding for the projects.
Mr Cheng said WA had gained a lot of ground in the telecommunications arena, helped by a coordinated approach between WA Government agencies and the Federal Government.
“In a state as big as WA, we have some immense communication challenges,” Mr Cheng said.
“But I believe the work we have done has helped improve telecommunications for communities and emergency services in some of the most remote areas of WA.
“This will not only improve the health, welfare and community services for these people, but will also make a simple telephone call achievable - something most of us take for granted.”
The ATUG awards recognise the achievements of people and companies working to advance the use of communications services that are now so critical to business growth, competitiveness and efficiency.
The Minister also opened the 17th annual WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards last week and presented the Achiever Award to leading WA ICT expert Jim Ellis.
WA’s ATUG award winners and special mentions include:
· Excellence in Communications Management: Anson Cheng, WA Department of Industry and Resources;
· Carrier of the Year: iiNet;
· Best Communications Solution (Small Business): AMCOM;
· Best Communications Solution (Large Business) Special mention: AMCOM;
· National Broadband Awards (Rural and Remote): WA Department of Industry and Resources for the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Project;
· National Broadband Awards (Business): neal.IT, Esperance; and
· National Broadband Awards (Education) Highly commended: WA Department of Education and Training.
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