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NetComm / Caelera strike dial-up development deal

  • 17 May, 2004 17:17

<p>SYDNEY, May 17, 2004 - NetComm announced today that it has partnered with communications group Caelera in developing embedded, dial-up modem applications to help companies add network access to their products while improving the management and performance of capital equipment.</p>
<p>Despite surging sales of broadband related equipment such as ADSL modems, analogue dial-up solutions remain a key communications tool for industries such as manufacturing, banking, health/ medical, engineering, meteorology and gaming.</p>
<p>"Analogue remains a vital communications technology for many industries because of its ease of implementation, low cost and reliability," NetComm managing director David Stewart said.</p>
<p>As Australia's longest running communications hardware company, NetComm maintains a dominant position in the local analogue modem market and is nearing a similarly strong position in the emerging broadband space. The company currently accounts for around 70 percent of all dial-up modem sales in Australia.</p>
<p>Caelera's management team has a long history of providing smart communications solutions for Australian organisations and is one of Australia's most respected and successful communications engineering and support operations. Between them the two companies bring more than 40 years experience to the table.</p>
<p>"NetComm and Caelera will work together to build the best solutions for companies looking to cheaply and simply add network access to a whole range of products and machines," Mr Stewart said.</p>
<p>According to Caelera managing director Greg Burns, the analogue modem market is charting a similar course to that of the microchip, with recent advances in the technology making units smaller, cheaper, smarter and easier to use.</p>
<p>"Similar to the micro-chip explosion of the eighties, people are now looking at more and more ways to incorporate dial-up modems into their products and/ or operations," he said, adding:</p>
<p>"When you think about data logging, monitoring of batteries at phone exchanges or retrieving weather information such as temperature or air quality, just about all of these tasks are performed via analogue dial-up devices."</p>
<p>NetComm's industrial modem products feature 'leased-line-mode' which allows them to be used as effectively in PSTN or non-PSTN environments. For instance, NetComm's industry-leading IG1000 is based on the V.92 standard for high-speed analogue modems and DSP (digital signal processors) technology to deliver a guaranteed robust and reliable connection whether a connection is via PSTN or leased line. Also, in cases where HTML or web pages are required, V44 compression technology ensures fast, efficient downloading. They are also flash upgradeable, ensuring that firmware updates and bug fixes are simple to implement.</p>
<p>Further, NetComm's current range of industrial products feature sophisticated voice capabilities including Computer Telephony Integration (CTI), Telephone Answering machine (TAM), caller ID and FAX.</p>
<p>And because NetComm industrial modem products comply with International Safety and EMC standards, the cost and time involved with product approval is dramatically reduced while their small form factor ensures that they can be easily incorporated into motherboard designs.</p>
<p>"This partnership represents an important opportunity to develop our business in the growing range of applications for modem products using NetComm technology," Mr Burns said, adding: "We are putting modems into places that people wouldn't normally think of."</p>
<p>About NetComm</p>
<p>NetComm is Australia's leading provider of broadband solutions with a commanding position across the key markets of DSL, wireless, routing, high-speed networking and digital surveillance systems. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). For specific enquiries or to arrange an interview with David Stewart or one of our engineers, contact David Binning: (02) 9424 2515, 0410 644 972, davidb@netcomm.com.au. Alternatively, visit www.netcomm.com.au.</p>
<p>About Caelera</p>
<p>Caelera is a leading distribution and engineering support company specialising in wireline, wireless and optical communications technologies. Privately owned, it represents a number of leading edge high-technology manufacturers including Conexant Systems (previously a division of Rockwell), CML Microcircuits, Finisar Corp, and Mindspeed Technologies. Caelera is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information please contact Greg Burns on (03) 9532 5709 or visit www.caelera.com.</p>

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