Hotkey takes on Telstra
Franchise ISP group Hotkey, a subsidiary of US communications giant Primus, will join Telstra as a national provider of direct-to-home satellite connections. The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has granted the group a licence to offer the service in both urban and regional areas. These will be sold through Hotkey's 75 franchise partners, small independent ISPs acquired by the group and transformed into a Hotkey franchise. The dealers will be able to offer a service previously unavailable through anyone but Telstra. Hotkey has put together a product called JetConnect Satellite Service.
Global heads for auction
Talks between two Asian telecommunication companies and the creditors of bankrupt international data network operator Global Crossing have broken down after the two parties were unable to agree on a purchase deal. The companies, Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia were offering creditors $US750 million for a majority stake in the carrier. The creditors, however, were trying to secure more money in return for the company. With the breakdown of talks, the assets of Global Crossing are set to be sold at auction. The company operates a fibre-optic network that touches 27 countries.
Tecksel stresses NetGear
Distributor Tecksel is so keen to sell NetGear products it is giving resellers a chance to win one of six Microsoft Xbox gaming consoles. For every $100 a reseller spends on NetGear product, the distributor will throw one ticket into the draw to win one of the six consoles. There are also bonus prizes such as stress balls (very necessary in the channel at present) and T-shirts. Larger networking products are on sale and also provide bonus tickets in the draw. The competition will run from the start of May to the end of June, with one Xbox given away per month per state for New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.