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Connectivity Briefs: Iomega & Renaissance, EarthLink, RSL COM

Connectivity Briefs: Iomega & Renaissance, EarthLink, RSL COM

Iomega, Renaissance split

Storage vendor Iomega has ended its one-year relationship with New Zealand distributor, Renaissance, and announced Tech Pacific will be retained as its sole represent­ative in the country. Iomega’s senior manager A/NZ, Scott Dillon, said the termination of the agreement with Renaissance was reached by mutual consent. “They [Renaissance] wanted to focus on brands they had sole distribution privileges with,” he said. “Neither Iomega nor Renaissance were satisfied with the level of business.” As previously reported in ARN, networking vendor 3Com also parted ways with Renaissance earlier this year.

Faster dial-up access

Internet service provider (ISP), EarthLink, has launched a new version of its Internet access software in the US, which it claims will allow dial-up users to surf the Net at up to five-times the standard rate. EarthLink Plus is powered by Propel Software’s Web accelerator. The ISP claims it reduces the size of Web pages and Web elements sent to browsers, and allows users to surf faster. The new service is priced at $US28.95 a month and includes priority technical support, eight email inboxes, and 10MB of Web space. EarthLink spokesman, Jerry Grasso, said the product targeted users who either did not want to pay high prices for broadband access or who lived in geographical locations where high speed access was not yet available.

RSL sold for $59.9 million

Integrated communications provider Commander has acquired Sydney-based telecommunications provider RSL COM for $59.9 million. RSL offers fixed wire integrated voice and data telecom services to business and residential customer through direct, indirect and wholesale channels. Commander said RSL COM had interconnect and reseller agreements with a number of major carriers, including Telstra and Optus, and had a strong focus on SoHo and SME markets.


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