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Connectivity briefs: Toshiba, i-burst, NetStar

Connectivity briefs: Toshiba, i-burst, NetStar

Toshiba thinks wireless

Toshiba Computer Systems Group has announced a two-year deal with Ascendent Telecommunications to develop a mobile communications platform for Toshiba notebook PCs and PDAs (personal digital assistants) that will link enterprise computer users to their corporate phone system. Called MobilityConnect, the system would allow users to access and manage incoming calls received through their corporate PBX (private branch exchange) through an interface on their notebook PC or PDA. Based on Ascendent's WirelessConnect technology, the system to be offered by Toshiba will allow multiple wireless devices to be linked to the corporate PBX, extending certain telephony functions to mobile workers. The initial contract is worth $US8.25 million for product development and distribution of Ascendent's WirelessConnect platform. i-Burst rollout beginsCKY Wireless will roll out its $25 million i-Burst mobile wireless broadband network in Sydney. The subsidiary of US company ArrayComm has formed a consortium with Vodafone Australia, OzEmail, Total Communications Infrastructure and Crown Castle Australia to deploy the system. The i-Burst network is designed to complement existing 2G and emerging 3G technologies and 802.11 networks and allow broadband access. It is designed to work across a number of mobile technologies.

NetStar bags award

Network integrator NetStar has been awarded Cisco's Australian Partner of the Year for 2002. Announced at the networking giant's annual partner summit in Florida, NetStar took out the award for the second time in three years. The award recognised NetStar's commitment to training and certification, its move into managed service provision, and the investment it has made in building training and demonstration facilities and a network management centre built on Cisco kit.


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