Network briefs: Optus, TCI, New Tel, Foundry

Network briefs: Optus, TCI, New Tel, Foundry


TCI lands Optus deal

Total Communications Infrastructure (TCI) has secured a lucrative contract with Optus to design, construct and install GSM mobile base stations on the east coast of Australia. Spread over a two-year period, TCI operations director Rod Stanton said the rollout is proof of TCI's maturity, in that blue-chip companies are now entrusting it with large-scale rollouts of some of their most important assets. Optus said TCI won the tender based on its successful track record in delivering large-scale contracts and its expertise in property acquisition and environmental planning for base-station and in-building systems.

New Tel bids for C&T

ASX-listed carrier New Tel has announced a takeover bid for all the issued capital of suspended infrastructure provider Cable & Telecoms (C&T) in an effort to expand its range of telephony, data and media services.

New Tel is offering one share plus half an option for every C&T share, with specific interest being expressed in C&T's principal asset, an 80 per cent interest in interactive television provider Total Television Limited (TTL).

TTL, a joint venture company with UK-based broadband solutions provider for interactive television Yes Television, holds an exclusive licence agreement for Australia and New Zealand to deploy technology services and selected content of Yes Television.

Foundry hits switches

Foundry Networks has released three chassis-based Gigabit Ethernet-Over-Copper switches for the FastIron II product family of Layer 2/3 switches that will allow users to deliver Gigabit-Over-Copper solutions for servers and data centre backbones over Category 5 copper cables. The new switch family provides connectivity for up to 32 ports with a wire-speed, non-blocking performance of 48 million packets per second. Foundry claims this scalable packaging allows customers to install high-performance network solutions for servers and data centre backbones with minimal impact to budgetary requirements.

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