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Welcome to QUESTnet 2004

The QUESTnet conference is an annual event aimed at network technologists and those IT&T professionals who work closely with network technology. A key focus is to enable delegates to develop their professional and technical knowledge and gain an appreciation of the key strategic issues for network development.

The theme for this year's conference is Networking Far and Wide. This includes:

  • Managing gigabit networks
  • Rural, regional and metropolitan reticulation
  • The impact of eResearch and eHealth
  • Charging models and how you control user behaviour

Unusually, QUESTnet 2004 is being held in conjunction with the 18th APAN 18th APAN Meetings (The Asia-Pacific Advanced Network Consortium). This is an unprecedented gathering of leading networking professionals from Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.

Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet) is the Queensland regional component of the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet).

The APAN consortium is a collective of national networking organisations from countries of the Asia Pacific region. It has the objective of promoting advanced networking capabilities for education and research. Among other activities, APAN holds meetings twice per year involving network specialists from many countries. It has often attracted up to 300 delegates but the expectation for Cairns is an additional 100 participants from outside of Australia.

From 4 - 7 of July, 2004 James Cook University will host this national conference and invites you to join us at the Cairns International Hotel. This year's conference, entitled Networking Far and Wide, will look at the deployment and management of high speed (gigabit) reticulation to regional and metropolitan locations. Other issues to be covered will be charging models and accounting mechanisms for these links.

Pre-conference workshops will also be held, offering topics aimed at providing skills development opportunities for telecommunications staff.