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Connectivity Briefs: Nortel, Ingram Micro, Extreme Networks, Brocade

Connectivity Briefs: Nortel, Ingram Micro, Extreme Networks, Brocade

Nortel sues Kyocera

Nortel Networks has sued Kyocera Wireless over the alleged infringement of four Nortel patents on CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access) technology, according to Nortel spokesman David Chamberlin.

The telecommunications equipment giant alleged in the suit, filed January 4 in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, that Kyocera Wireless used the Nortel technology in its handsets.

The legal action follows a long period of unsuccessful discussions over licensing, according to Chamberlin. He declined to discuss the patents in detail. Parent company Kyocera International, the North American unit of Japan-based Kyocera, had not received a notification of the suit, according to Jay Scovie, Kyocera International spokesman.

Ingram goes to Extreme

Ingram Micro has added another vendor to its product line up with the appointment of Extreme Networks. Under the terms of the agreement, Ingram will distribute Extreme's Ethernet switching products to the Australian market. As well as providing a wide customer base, Ingram offers Extreme access to smaller organisations, Extreme officials said in a statement. In turn, Ingram is looking to leverage Extreme's "reputation" for simplified networks that offer performance and a sound return on investment. To kick-start the partnership, Extreme will participate in Ingram's Excelleration incentive promotion.

Brocade hires Dean

Storage switching manufacturer Brocade Communications Systems has hired a new regional sales director to head up sales in Australia and New Zealand. Dean Mansfield, formerly a vice president of Plumtree Software, will be responsible for driving Brocade's growth in the storage area network (SAN) sector. He comes armed with experience in the regional management of direct and indirect sales, and describes the change of employment as "a great opportunity, and the right time". Mansfield will be based in Sydney.


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