Network Solutions Briefs: Alcatel, T-Systems, Banksia, Bluetooth

Network Solutions Briefs: Alcatel, T-Systems, Banksia, Bluetooth

Taps off for Lucent, Alcatel merger

Alcatel and Lucent Technologies have announced talks over the possible merger of the two companies have ended. Negotiations between the French telecom company and the US networking vendor resulted in no agreements and have been terminated, the two parties said in a brief statement to the market. No further discussions will be entered into, they added. It is unclear what caused the talks to fizzle out, but published reports suggest Lucent was looking for a marriage of equals with Alcatel on the combined company's board of directors. Alcatel made no secret that it was looking for a beachhead into the US telecom market, bolstering its marketing and advertising to build name recognition in North America. US analysts had suggested the deal was worth at least $US32 billion.

IT&T neighbours team up

Having found themselves as next door neighbours in Sydney's technology park, T-Systems, an IT&T subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom, and the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications (ac3), have formed a strategic alliance. The partnership will allow ac3 to leverage off T-Systems' supercomputing ASP as well as accessing its advanced modelling and imaging technology in Stuttgart. In exchange, T-Systems will provide ac3 and its growing customer base with server hosting and facilities management services.

Banksia ups fax network

Banksia software has expanded the capabilities of its Equisys fax network solution, Zetafax7, enabling it to support server based computing platforms, Microsoft2000 terminal services and Citrix MetaFrameXP. Banksia says the new thin client compatibility will broaden market potential significantly and provide resellers with greater opportunities., particularly with IDC predicting a boom in thin clinet installs.

Bluetooth products

finally hit the market

The long-awaited and much-hyped Bluetooth wireless technology is showing signs of life as products begin to trickle into the market. In the US 3Com has unveiled Bluetooth PC cards and software designed to manage a personal networking environment. Meanwhile IBM introduced the Bluetooth UltraPort Module, a clip-on device designed to add Bluetooth functionality to ThinkPad laptops. Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are readying Bluetooth-enabled systems for shipment later in the year. Despite delays in product shipments research firm Cahners In-Stat Group expects shipments of Bluetooth-enabled products to reach 955 million units in 2005.

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