Telstra releases business-grade DSL
Telstra has launched a business-grade DSL service with an aim of widening the range of broadband solutions available to Australian business, particularly SMEs. Customers can now sign up for the service with approximately 65 Telstra exchanges currently enabled with Business DSL and a further 175 exchanges to be equipped by Christmas. Telstra’s Paul Geason said one of the benefits of the new service would be increased performance, which is not impacted during peak Internet traffic periods because data is guaranteed and the service is built on Telstra’s proven business data platforms. The new service will enable businesses to deploy complex applications without significantly increasing their business costs. Telstra’s Business DSL service will be available in all Australian capital cities and regional centres.
HP partners with Alcatel to target SMEs
SMEs are the target of a new bundled IT and communication service program announced HP and Alcatel. The two companies have joined forces to extend HP’s Smart Office program, which offers SMEs a one-stop service for their entire computing needs, to include telecommunication equipment and services. Under the new program, called Ready Office, Alcatel and HP will partner with telecommunication service providers worldwide to provide voice, data and multimedia services. The bundled package of equipment and services, ranging from computers and printers to network access and Internet telephony, will be available on a pay-per-use model. Many small and medium-sized businesses can’t afford to hire people to manage the systems they need and are generally unwilling to take risks on technology, said HP CEO, Carly Fiorina.