News Briefs: Optical NW, AIPC, OzEmail, Yahoo

News Briefs: Optical NW, AIPC, OzEmail, Yahoo

Optical NW, not that bad

While vendors of optical networking gear have copped a flogging in the past 12 months, the future isn't that bad. At least this is the message given by a recent study by research company Cahners In-Stat Group.

In-Stat predicts that the long-haul portion of the dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) market will take a hit in 2001, before recovering in 2002. The metro market, unlike the long-haul segment, does not have a significant amount of dark fibre and continues to be a choke point in optical network deployment, making it ripe for growth.

Integrator rebrands in line with new market focusMelbourne-based systems integrator Australian Information Processing Centre (AIPC) has unveiled a new logo, Web site and company mission designed to strengthen its perception as an end-to-end solutions provider. The company is positioning itself behind Web services, call centre and customer relationship management (CRM) offerings where it has enjoyed recent success. AIPC tends to focus on vertical markets such as human resources, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. Last year it scored a lucrative contract with the Defence Service Centre for a 200-seat call centre in Cooma, NSW.

OzEmail shouts Yahoo!

Australian ISP OzEmail and content services provider Yahoo! have joined forces in the realms of content provision. The OzEmail site will be reworked to include additional services such as finance, shopping, instant messaging, auctions, travel, sport, careers, movies, music, astrology, greeting cards and other information that is woven throughout the site. While the bulk of the content will be provided through Yahoo!, the new portal will retain an OzEmail look and feel, and will continue to be supported through online help and account checking.

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