Our History

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute came into being in February 2015 as the successor to the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES). The transition reflected the evolving research landscape moving from a focus on universal access to high-speed broadband to the complexity, scale and speed of connectivity shaping the networked society. 

Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES)

IBES was launched in July 2009 in response to Commonwealth Government’s announcement of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The establishment of the Institute coincided with an opportune time to influence the broadband agenda of the country and recognised the need for the development of applications that would make use of high-speed broadband.The research program at IBES was dedicated to innovations in broadband technologies, applications and end user experiences in business and government, education and learning, health and ageing, and culture and community.

IBES received support from the State Government of Victoria from 2009 to 30 June 2015, enabling 96 research projects involving 406 researchers and 111 external collaborators from 104 organisations. The Institute has assisted in training the next generation of research leaders through the provision of 27 PhD Scholarships and hosting 15 Interns. The Institute has hosted 84 seminars, workshops and lectures, published 281 academic papers and received coverage in 341 media articles. The Institute, with support of industry partners, has developed leading research infrastructure to facilitate research and development in broadband and the networked society.

Further information about the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society is available in the report From Broadband to Networks (pdf: 2.7mb), or from the Institute's annual reports and publications below. 

Annual Reports