Connectivity Briefs: Comindico, DEWR

Connectivity Briefs: Comindico, DEWR

Comindico rolls out eCall

IP-based communication service provider, Comindico, has launched its Voice over IP (VoIP) service. Known as eCall, it allows companies to make telephone calls through their business grade Internet connection using their existing telephone equipment. eCall offers untimed local and national calls at a flat rate of $0.08, with national long distance calls priced at $0.06 per minute and fixed line to mobile calls at $0.23 per minute. A minimum monthly fee of $250 is also payable. Other services include the delivery of data, fax services and video conferencing over the one network. Comindico plans to use the service to attack the $9.6 billion business call market. IP voice technology was established on the Internet five years ago. IP networks now carry 20 per cent of the world’s international voice traffic. An IDC report has predicted that IP telephony hardware revenue is set to hit $679 million in Australia by 2006.

DEWR cuts cables

The Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Resources (DEWR) is deploying what it claims to be the largest, secure, wireless LAN in Australia to 3000 job search kiosks. IBM is rolling out the network, which is expected to be fully implemented by May, to 1270 job seeker sites. Implementation of the network, which started about a year ago, is intended to help reduce operating expenses and create a more flexible Web-based environment for job seekers nationally through DEWR’s Job Search Express portal via Pathfinder kiosks. The deployment of a Cisco Aironet 1100 Series wireless access point at each site would reduce infrastructure costs because each kiosk was connected to DEWR’s network at speeds of up to 11Mbps, by wireless technology rather than through traditional cabling, officials said. A DEWR communications and IT security manager, Ian Rose, said the wireless technology was more economical to install and maintain than cabling, and the kiosks were easier to move than in a cabled environment.

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