Network Solutions Briefs: Lucent, Sony, Sharp, Symantec

Network Solutions Briefs: Lucent, Sony, Sharp, Symantec

Lucent sees $US5 billion on the Verizon

Lucent Technologies has finally caught a break after being steadily pummelled by financial problems since September.

The beleaguered vendor of telecommunications equipment announced a contract, valued at $US5 billion over the next three years, to supply US-based Verizon Wireless with infrastructure technology that will be used as part of a nationwide third-generation (3G) mobile network. Deployment of the 3G technology is scheduled to start later this year, the two companies said.

The 3G network planned by Verizon Wireless will be based on Lucent equipment that supports the latest version of the Code Division Multiple Access technology standard developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association. The network will carry mobile voice traffic and should provide untethered data transmission speeds that rival those of wired connections, according to Lucent and Verizon Wireless.

Sony, Sharp to team up on IEEE1394 opticsSony and Sharp have completed development of an IEEE1394-based optical-fibre home-networking system and will shortly begin licensing the technology.

The new system, which goes under the brand name "OP i.Link", is compatible with the existing IEEE1394 communications protocol, which is also known as Firewire or i.Link, and uses metallic cables. Like the existing system, it is also intended to be used to network home electronics devices and appliances as well as carry video, audio or data between them.

The two companies' new system is based on single-core plastic optical fibre, can use a laser of LED (light emitting diode) as the light source, has a transmission distance of between 60 centimetres and 10 metres and a maximum data speed of 100Mbps. The second version of the system will be able to handle data at rates up to 400Mbps, the companies said in a statement.

Licensing of the technology will begin from April 2.

Symantec launches new Net security suiteInternet security company Symantec unveiled a consumer security suite that lets users know if someone else pokes around their computers, screens outgoing data for personal information and can operate in a "stealth mode" to hide from hackers.

Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 ($US69.95) combines the company's personal firewall and antivirus software, and includes privacy controls to prevent personal data from being sent online to Web sites without the user's knowledge. It also contains a feature for blocking banner advertisements for faster Web page download speeds.

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