Telstra has awarded a $900,000 contract to researchers at Adelaide University to help design and build its Internet based network.
The three-year contract will focus on optimising Telstra's data communications.
Telstra Research Laboratories Director Dr Paul Kirton, said a software program called 'DiaMond' was being developed to test and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the network and predict future infrastructure requirements.
"Exponential growth of Internet services demands that the supporting infrastructure be designed to keep up; a primary focus of this research will be in planning the network's set up in order to manage the huge amounts of data traffic.In the current environment, where data traffic is dominating growth, this is critical work," Dr Kirkton said.
Director of the Teletraffic Research Centre, Associate Professor Peter Taylor, said an area of IT skills shortage in Australia is Internet Protocol expertise.
He said these skills, and other real-world skills, are desperately needed for the future success of Australia's telecommunications services.