South-East Asian telecom submarine cable completed
A submarine fibre-optic cable linking Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore has been completed and put into service, according to a consortium of carriers that commissioned the cable. The TIS Cable Network runs a total length of 1100km between Songkhla in Thailand, Batam in Indonesia and Changi in Singapore. It has an initial capacity of 30Gbps although it can be upgraded to a maximum of 320Gbps. Japan’s NEC was commissioned to build the cable in November 2002 by CAT Telecom Public of Thailand, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia and Singapore Telecommunications. The total cost of the cable was $US36 million and each of the carriers owned an equal stake.
Novell reports fall in final quarter revenue
Novell has announced revenues of $US287 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ending October 31, a fall of $US13 million on the same period last year. Net loss for the quarter was $US109 million, which included a $US130 million in non-recurring charges. Revenue for the full fiscal year totalled $US1.1 billion, identical to fiscal 2002, with net loss reduced from $US247 million to $US162 million. Locally, the vendor claimed a 9 per cent increase in revenue over the previous financial year. Revenue totals were not broken down to a regional level but the company claimed it had set a new final quarter record that was 8 per cent higher than fiscal Q4 2002. “These results validate our strategic emphasis on secure identity management,” General manager of Novell Australia/New Zealand, David Lenz, said. For Novell, the year will best be remembered as a time when it strengthened its commitment to the Linux platform.