Connectivity Briefs: MPA, router sales, WorldCom

Connectivity Briefs: MPA, router sales, WorldCom

MPA to distribute Snap Gear

Melbourne-based MPA Systems has been signed up as a national distributor of Snap Gear's VPN firewall appliances and content-filtering services. MPA configures, supplies, trains, supports and facilitates wide area networks with a focus on replicated sites like head and branch office connectivity. It provides integration services for Internet gateways, mail servers, VPNs, Web storage and operating systems. "We like the way MPA works closely with its resellers to deliver an array of solutions to the marketplace," said Snap Gear's Peter Cronk.

Router, optical sales down

Worldwide router sales in the third quarter of this year declined sequentially 2 per cent to US$1.5 billion, according to figures released by Dell'Oro Group. Cisco and Juniper each experienced a 3 per cent decline in revenue from the second quarter to the third. Demand for high-end routers fell by 7 per cent as telcos and ISPs continued to scale back capital expenditures. Low-end and midrange routers, generally purchased by both small businesses and larger enterprises, grew 1 per cent in the third quarter. In optical gear, Lucent and Siemens moved to the top of the list in the third quarter's US$1.64 billion market, which was down 14 per cent from Q2.

Capellas to run WorldCom

WorldCom has named former Compaq CEO Michael Capellas chairman and CEO. WorldCom, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July, is mired in a US$9 billion accounting scandal, the largest in US history. The carrier faces fraud charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, several shareholder lawsuits and Congressional investigations. But despite these difficulties, Capellas is optimistic. He plans to set the company back on track by focusing on customers, energising WorldCom employees and demonstrating "unwavering integrity". Capellas said he intends to bring the company out of bankruptcy.

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