Nortel's first Optical cert
Nortel Networks is out to address the skills shortage in the Optical Internet market with a new certification. The program was developed in-house to train Nortel's own staff and is being offered on a global scale to the industry from this month. Nortel's certification is designed to provide employers and customers a benchmark on which to judge a person's optical networking skills. The company is offering six units within the Optical Internet Track, catering to various levels of required skill such as sales, pre-sales and technical training. Courses run for three days on average and cost between $US1000 to $5000.
Nortel Networks: (02) 8870 5625.
BDM at Stallion
Small-to-medium enterprise (SME) ISP Stallion Technologies has appointed a former reseller in the form of Terry Archer as the company's new business development manager for NSW and the ACT. Archer joins the Stallion fold after stints at Logical and Software Spectrum.
His appointment ups the ante for Stallion's branded ePipe bandwidth product to enable SMEs access to scalable and secure Internet bandwidth, with the company hoping his reseller experience will provide increased support for Stallion's integration partners.
Glitches unlikely to hold back DSL
Research firm Cahners In-Stat Group has released a report affirming the DSL market will continue strong record growth despite its current technical deficiencies. In-Stat suggests DSL manufacturers will overcome technical issues such as reach, spectral compatibility and availability, however, the research company does point out DSL will face increased competition from other broadband technologies including cable modems, fixed wireless and satellite.
Worldwide, new DSL subscribers will top 23 million by 2004, with asymmetrical DSL remaining the "flavour" of choice, owning over 70 per cent of the market, according to In-Stat.
The report cost $US3495 and is available at www.instat.comSonus Networks to buy Telecom technologiesSonus Networks has announced it's purchase of Telecom Technologies, another softswitch vendor, to add interoperability to its own products and put about 150 new telecom software engineers on its payroll. The softswitches will be used in carrier voice networks instead of in traditional circuit-switched voice gear which costs as much as 10 times more. The switches are capable of translating traffic between circuit-switched and packet-switched service provider networks. The deal is expected to close early next year and is worth an initial $US440 million in stock.