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Equant's new global support centre in SydneyIT services provider Equant has announced its new global support centre (GSC) in Sydney is operational. It will allow the company to provide 24-hour global desktop and network management and assistance to its customers, a spokesperson said.

The Sydney centre will also have a specialist role as the global centre of expertise in desktop and server management.

Its service offerings include desktop management services; server monitoring and server management services; and network monitoring and network management services.

Equant's Sydney GSC will also provide its customers with complementary services such as managed messaging, hosting, facilities management and security.www.equant.comNortel acquires CoreTek Continuing its high profile buying spree, Nortel Networks has agreed to acquire optical component maker CoreTek for $US1.43 billion in common stock shares.

The transaction is expected to close this quarter and is subject to standard regulatory approvals.

CoreTek, a private company based in the US, will ship its next-generation components in the fourth quarter of this year.

It makes components such as tunable lasers, which use tiny movable mirrors to alter the wavelength of light emitted by semiconductor lasers.

The completed devices let networks change the wavelength of light in real-time as it travels through a network, improving the network's speed and performance by allowing network traffic to be re-routed in real time, Nortel officials said.

Heavyweights join Ipv6 team

Two heavyweight holdouts - Cisco and Microsoft - have thrown their support behind IPv6, giving the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's primary communications protocol a much-needed boost.

Both companies announced plans to support IPv6 in software that will be released this year: a Cisco IOS upgrade and Microsoft's IPv6 stack for Windows 2000.

The Cisco and Microsoft announcements are a sign that IPv6 is getting closer to being ready for production environments. IPv6 products are already available from Sun, Nortel Networks and 3Com.

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