Cisco drops copyright lawsuit against Huawei
Cisco Systems has dropped its copyright lawsuit against Huawei Technologies after confirming its networking rival had stopped sales of disputed products and changed the look of its software and user manuals. Cisco alleged that Huawei used a replica of Cisco’s command-line interface and pieces of its IOS source code in its products and that it distributed material from Cisco product manuals. The suit was suspended last October when Huawei agreed to stop selling disputed routers and switches, and changed its manuals and software. The suit was finally dropped after an independent investigation confirmed Huawei had stopped using Cisco intellectual property.
Avaya pays $US103m for conferencing vendor
Avaya has purchased audio-conference vendor, Spectel, for US$103 million and plans to add converged audio/video/Web conferencing to its enterprise VoIP platforms. While the acquisition strengthens Avaya’s conferencing technology for enterprises, it also opens up a new market for providing conferencing gear to service providers. Spectel is a privately held company, based in Ireland, with 210 employees and more than 500 customers, including a mix of enterprises with in-house voice conference infrastructures and carriers that offer audio-conferencing services. It makes software based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) that allows users to set up and manage teleconferences, as well as integrate Web and other software tools – such as Web conferencing, digital documents and IP video – into multi-part conferencing applications. Before the buyout, Avaya and Spectel partnered on joint PBX and IP PBX product offerings with conferencing software. In addition to converged conferencing technology, the acquisition gives Avaya an answer to Cisco’s $US80 million purchase last year of Latitude Communications.