Growing the Territory’s Digital Capabilities

The Chief Minister, with global tech company NEC Australia and NEC Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The signing will strengthen NEC and Government’s partnership to develop a sustainable innovation ecosystem and grow the Territory’s digital capabilities. It follows significant private sector investment in subsea fibre optic cable and data centre infrastructure.

As part of the MoU, the parties will set out a framework and identify major areas for digital development in the Territory.

This agreement will also allow NEC to explore the use of its world-leading technologies such as submarine cable systems, Open-RAN 5G, and artificial intelligence in the Territory, as well as building industry training opportunities for Territorians.

The partnership cements the Territory’s position as Northern Australia’s most advanced digital economy and leading tech hub, which will help expand local industry, create new opportunities for businesses and more jobs for Territorians.

As one of the largest employers outside of Government in the Territory, NEC Australia consistently contributes to the local economy while also creating new digital career pathways through various developments and mentoring. The company currently employs 187 full-time staff across the Territory.

Growing the digital and tech industries is a key part of Territory Government’s plan to grow the economy to $40 billion by 2030 and create more jobs.

Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner:

“The Territory has an excellent relationship with NEC, with more than 180 locals employed across the Territory.

“This signing will see the next steps in place to continue working together to boost the Territory’s digital capabilities. Off the back of significant subsea cable and data centre infrastructure announcements, the Territory is becoming a global destination for all things digital.”

Quotes from Takayuki Morita, President and CEO, NEC Corporation:

"NEC Corporation is very pleased to be entering this MoU with the Northern Territory Government. The Territory is emerging as a forward-thinking, technology-focused region and we are honoured to be working closely with them to build a successful future.”

Quotes from Mike Mrdak, Executive Chair & CEO, NEC ANZ:

“NEC Australia has a long history working in the Northern Territory and we are excited to build on our success in the top end with this unique opportunity. This partnership underpins NEC’s vision to support Governments who seek to provide citizen services and create a connected future for their people.

“We look forward to helping the NT Government create a more connected, sustainable and smart future for the Northern Territory.”

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