ACCC declares line sharing
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced its final decision to declare the telecommunications service known as "line sharing" or "spectrum sharing". The decision means Telstra must allow other service providers access to the high-speed data capacity of its copper network on commercial terms. The ACCC will have jurisdiction to arbitrate if parties are unable to reach agreement on the terms of access. ACCC chairman Professor Allan Fels said the decision to declare the service was based on concerns about the viability of sustained competition in broadband telecommunications markets if the service was not declared.
ISS acquires developer
Internet Security Systems (ISS) has bought out privately-held software developer vCIS in an effort to round out its information protection technology offering. As part of the acquisition, ISS will take on vCIS's 37 staff and claim ownership of vCIS's patent-pending, next-generation pre-emptive behavioural inspection technology. vCIS's technology prevents malicious code from executing and causing damage before it has an opportunity to interact with the enterprise network. "We view pre-emptive behavioural inspection as one of the deepest and most valuable layers to providing comprehensive protection," said Tom Noonan, president and CEO of ISS.
Mitel launches in Oz
IP communications vendor Mitel Networks has made its foray into the Australian market after signing a partnership agreement with global services company Damovo. Under the agreement, Damovo will offer Mitel's IP communications solutions to the Australian market, in particular to the small and medium enterprise market. The Damovo and Mitel Networks partnership will offer Australian businesses an IP solution that provides seamless integration with existing communications systems and a smooth transition from any incumbent PBX platform.