Network Solutions Briefs: Colloqui, Radware, WorldCom, AARNet

Network Solutions Briefs: Colloqui, Radware, WorldCom, AARNet

Colloqui bags grant

Internet telephony and online conferencing provider Colloqui has been awarded a $100,000 Federal Government grant to help commercialise its flagship Internet software, ChatStack, which reduces the cost of voice and video communication. The Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grant comes on the back of a recent distribution deal between Colloqui and online agricultural portal Farmshed, that will see the latter bundle the ChatStack IP call conferencing software with its services.

Radware revenue revives

Radware has boosted its Q2 revenue to $US13 million, an increase of 53 per cent compared with the same period last year. The network traffic management vendor posted annual sales of between $54-59 million. The Australia/NZ branch exceeded its budget expectations and performed better than many other regions, the company claims. Huge organic growth in IP applications and e-commerce was formative in the vendor's growth.

WorldCom left in lurch

The termination of Metricom's Ricochet wireless Internet access, less than a month after filing for bankruptcy protection, has left WorldCom customers in the lurch. WorldCom started offering Metricom's 128Kbps mobile service to business users last year under the name WorldCom Wireless Internet. WorldCom offers Internet access options such as DSL, multichannel, multipoint distribution or dedicated services, but none of the options offer a mobile alternative. Relatively few customers will be affected, the company claims.

New connection boosts local network R&D

A new optical fibre connection to the US has been activated by the Australian Advanced Research Network (AARNet) to increase local innovation and research capabilities. The Trans-Pacific optical fibre at the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, University of Washington, will allow high-speed connections to major North American data networking initiatives such as Internet2 and CANARIE's CA*Net3.

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