Connectivity Briefs: Dunson, SingTel, Nortel

Connectivity Briefs: Dunson, SingTel, Nortel


Dunson's thin-client promo

Distributor and reseller Dunson is currently running a promotion on Wyse thin-client terminals, which will see significant savings for Dunson customers. As part of the "Try One and See" promotion, Dunson's existing customers will be able to purchase one Wyse thin-client server per company at almost cost price. According to Dunson marketing manager Dawn Forrest, the promotion has caused some consternation from other resellers, unable to compete with the reduced prices. The promotion will continue until May 6. Four Wyse thin-client models are available under the deal: the Winterm 1200LE, going for $534; the Winterm 3200LE, priced at $719, the Winterm 3630LE, priced at $2,355, and the Winterm 8360SE, for $1,437.

SingTel expands network

Singapore Telecommunications will extend its Asia-Pacific managed hosting centre network to 12 countries when it opens a centre in Sydney this month. The centre, to be run by SingTel's Australian subsidiary Optus, will join existing fully owned facilities in Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong. SingTel has built the regional hosting network, known as Expan, around its cable network. The Expan project targets multinationals that want to outsource their regional telecommunication, server and data storage needs to a single point of contact.

Nortel posts expected loss

Nortel Networks has recorded a first-quarter loss of $US463 million, which translates to a loss of $841 million when special charges relating to workforce reductions and acquisition costs are included. Revenue for the quarter was $2.91 billion, a huge drop from the $5.75 billion reported in the first quarter of 2001. Revenue fell 6 per cent for Nortel's wireless business and 23 per cent for its metro and enterprise networks division but grew 5 per cent for optical long-haul networks. Rationalisation of the company as a whole is now complete, but it will keep reducing costs within specific business units.

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