An abridged history of the Aussie internet

Summary:Journalist Glenda Korporaal has written "20 years of the internet in Australia" to commemorate two decades of AARNET. On this week's Twisted Wire I talk to Glenda and Chris Hancock, the CEO of AARNET.

It's 20 years since AARNET was founded which, most would say, marked the foundation of the internet in Australia. It was a network open only to academics at Australia's universities and research institutions. The potential in those very early days seemed to have passed Telecom by.

It was 1994 before AARNET opened its network up and allowed resellers to sell-on services to other customers. The names of those early resellers are household names today and some of those people tinkering in the early days of the internet now head our larger ISPs.

Journalist Glenda Korporaal has written 20 years of the internet in Australia to commemorate two decades of AARNET. On this week's Twisted Wire I talk to Glenda, from a beach in WA, and to Chris Hancock, the CEO of AARNET.

Next week I plan to look at the internet in 20 years time, so email, tweet (@zdnetaustralia) or post your predictions below.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Networking, Innovation


Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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