Network Solutions Briefs: Matcom, Nortel, Microsoft, AT&T, Telstra

Network Solutions Briefs: Matcom, Nortel, Microsoft, AT&T, Telstra

Matcom acquired by VIP

Adelaide-based educational software developer Matcom Information Technologies has been snapped up by American application assembler VIP Tone in an effort by the latter to gain access to Matcom's DUX technology.

The developer's data management system (DUX) is installed in 29 per cent of Australian schools. VIP wants the system to increase functionality of its educational portals worldwide. Matcom has been renamed VIP Tone Australia, and its existing managing director, Steve Matulich will stay on to drive the business.

Nortel, MS team on MSP

Nortel Networks and Microsoft told the market last week they are selling a bundle of products and services to managed service providers (MSPs) interested in linking their data centres to improve the availability and reliability of their offerings.

The bundle, called Continuously Available Managed Services (CAMS), was announced at the SuperComm trade show in the US. CAMS is designed to reduce the expenditures MSPs outlay for protection from power outages or other disasters. It will allow MSPs to eliminate downtime with a seamless transition from the downed data centre to the working one, said Brodie Gage, senior metro-optical product marketing manager for Nortel.

AT&T sues Microsoft

AT&T filed a lawsuit against Microsoft last week. It accused the software maker of selling products including a patented digital speech technology developed by AT&T. The US telco giant said MS's TrueSpeech software, used to code and decode voice signals, violates a patent originally issued to AT&T in 1984.

TrueSpeech is incorporated into MS operating systems including Windows 95, 2000 and Me. It is also part of the Web-based video/voice conferencing product, NetMeeting.

AT&T is seeking unspecified damages from Microsoft via a jury trial. It is also seeking a bar on further distribution of its patented technology by the software maker. The telco said it has offered to license the technology to MS as it does with other firms but the offer was refused.

Telstra: cheaper broadband

Telstra Wholesale has developed a win-win arrangement for itself in an effort to lower the cost of ADSL for users and provide greater competition for broadband. Wholesale customers who purchase over 100 of Telstra's FlexStream ADSL products will receive bulk discounts of up to 10-15 per cent. Telstra believes service providers will be more confident in flogging broadband to customers on the back of lowered thresholds and cheaper prices.

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