Connectivity Briefs: Axis, ENUM, Lucent

Connectivity Briefs: Axis, ENUM, Lucent

Axis turns to Lan 1

Swedish network video and IP-based security manufacturer Axis Communications has appointed Lan 1 to distribute its range of network attached security products. Axis will leverage the existing Lan 1 reseller base to extend the reach of its network cameras, video servers and storage servers in the Australian market. Axis is also distributed by Alloys International and ACA Pacific. Axis’ sales manager for A/NZ, Wai King Wong, said working with Lan 1 would allow the vendor to bundle its cameras into a total security solution and target a new set of resellers.

ENUM technology “inevitable”

A new global numbering domain system designed to converge telephone numbers with Internet addresses will hit Australian shores whether the local industry actively trials the technology or not, industry representatives claim. Manager in charge of Electronic Numbering (ENUM) at the Australian Communications Authority, Neill Whitehead, said it was an important technology that would inevitably hold a place in the Australian communications industry. ENUM is a comm­unications mapping protocol that can give users a single number for both PSTN telephony and Internet services. The number is created by taking a user’s phone number and reversing it, separating each digit with a full stop. The specified ENUM domain code is then assigned to the end of the number to allow the Domain Name Server (DNS) to identify it as an IP address.

Lucent chief’s warning

Lucent Technologies chief executive, Patricia Russo, has warned that there are few signs that full recovery in the global telecommunications equipment market is on the way. “Last year, capital expenditure spending declined 48 per cent,” she said. As dramatic as the impact of those declines had been on Lucent, Russo said the rate of decline had slowed and this might be a hint that the worst was over for telecommunication equipment makers. “You get to a point where service providers must spend on maintaining their networks,” Russo said.

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