Research for the Broadband Economy
The NCIT was established in 1999 as an incorporated non-for-profit institute to undertake state-of-the-art research, education and training in the then emerging field of broadband communications. The NCIT Founding Members are the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the NRC, the CRC, Nortel, Alcatel, Bell Canada and OCRI.
The NCIT started operations in 2000 by establishing the NCIT Founding Project to undertake research in all aspects of broadband communications, established the NCIT*net and initiated other activities to develop research labs, research opportunities and research alliances.
In November of 2004, the NCIT assumed management of ORNEC (Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce). ORNEC was established in 2001 with a grant of $13.4M from ORDCF to the University of Ottawa, along with $26.8M in contributions from the four universities and private sector partners in the technology, business and law sectors. ORNEC is the meeting place where Industry, Government and Universities conduct eCommerce research with the objectives to create scientific knowledge pioneer breakthroughs, new concepts, new business models and best practices in eCommerce law, business and technology.