Cisco advances on SME front
Cisco has launched several LAN switching products focused on making advanced networking affordable to small and medium-size businesses and educational institutions, according to senior manager of worldwide product marketing, Steven Shalita. The products include the Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus, a control module that fits into the Catalyst 4500 switch series chassis. Designed for smaller networks, it provides quality of service and security for wireless connections and IP telephony, according to Cisco. It costs $US8495. Cisco has also introduced a new Catalyst 4500 48-port 10/100/1000 module, which is designed to lower the cost of Gigabit Ethernet while providing power over Ethernet. It is available for $US5495. Another new Cisco product, the Catalyst 2970 Series 24-port fixed configuration switch, is designed to offer Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for $US4995.
Three new states for 3
Hutchison has launched its third-generation mobile phone service, known as 3, in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Stores opened at eight locations in SA, four in WA and five in Queensland. Hutchison 3 general manager of consumer and micro-business marketing, Peter Burr, claimed 3 was on target to hit its target of 70 stores nationwide by the end of the year. He also announced the addition of independent mobile phone dealer, All Phones, to the 3 distribution model. All Phones will initially offer 3 products and services from 16 stores in Adelaide and 19 in Perth. A further 12 will open in Sydney during September along with further stores in Queensland.