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Vignette Displays XML- based acquisitionLooking to expand its customer base and rapidly move into the business-to-business e-commerce market, software maker Vignette plans to acquire OnDisplay in a $US1.7 billion stock-swap deal, the companies said.

According to the companies, Vignette will integrate OnDisplay's XML-based infrastructure products into its new V/5 e-business platform. XML is a content-tagging scheme designed to make it easier for organisations to share data.

Band sharing

Delegates to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Radio Conference in Istanbul remain strongly divided on whether to permit next-generation mobile operations in the fixed wireless band. Countries of the European Union strongly back the new use for 2.5GHz, viewing it as the "prime candidate band" for next-generation mobile services, according to the ITU.

Others including the US, have "great concerns with this band because of sharing difficulties with existing systems", according to an ITU statement.

Cisco organises new division

Networking giant Cisco Systems has organised a new division called the Internet Communications Software Group to expand its product line in two areas: customer-contact centres and unified messaging. The US's Customer Contact Business Unit division brings together two companies Cisco purchased, WebLine Communications, which specialises in software for Web-based customer service, and GeoTel, which markets software for routing incoming customer phone calls to appropriate customer service representatives. The second business unit, dubbed the Unified Communications Software Business Unit, has its roots in Cisco's acquisition of Amteva, which developed what is now the Cisco Unified Open Network Exchange (uOne) voice-messaging product.

Vendor lays foundations with new releasesFoundry Networks is aiming to give service providers better routing, security and network monitoring capabilities with its latest software release for its backbone routers and Layer 3 switches. The company's new IronWare 7.0 Internet routing software will work with its NetIron400, NetIron800 and NetIron500 Internet backbone routers, as well as its BigIron4000, BigIron8000 and BigIron15000 family of switches. Foundry, which began shipping its Internet backbone switches in May, said scalability and security enhancements are primarily aimed at service providers.

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