Optus certified for Xbox Live
OptusNet Cable is the first Australian ISP to complete testing and be certified as an Xbox Live compatible ISP. The testing procedure ensures Xbox Live users receive the necessary level of service and speed to facilitate peer-to-peer connections transmitting voice, movement and game-play data between consoles. With a throughput of up to 128Kbps upstream and uncapped downstream, gamers can enjoy lightening fast speeds when playing online. The telco expects online console gaming launches to increase broadband sales in the lead-up to Christmas. Optus consumer and multimedia marketing director, Scott Lorson, said OptusNet Cable had successfully completed the series of Microsoft tests. “Gamers using OptusNet Cable can look forward to speeds and service well beyond the minimum requirements,” he said.
Synnex climbs the Netgear ladder
Synnex has climbed a rung on the Netgear ladder, announcing its appointment as national distributor of the vendor’s networking products. Synnex had been a sub-distributor for the past two years and grew its networking business substantially during that time. According to managing director, Frank Sheu, Synnex sales of Netgear equipment had increased 100 per cent during the past 12 months. He said networking sales became very strong when Netgear offered Synnex direct marketing support usually reserved for full distributors. Sheu said the key drivers behind Netgear sales over the past quarter were wireless traditional networking gear, particularly hubs. Synnex joins Express Data and Tech Pacific as a full distributor of Netgear.