Networking briefs: Federal Govt, Cisco, Clarity

Telco bush portal

The Federal Government has unveiled a new Internet portal aimed at providing rural and regional Australians with a view of the available service providers in their area.

The portal, at www.newconnections., is a search engine for telecommunications resources in remote Australia. It was developed as a response to last year's Telecommunications Service Inquiry, which concluded that rural and regional Australians did not have sufficient access to telecommunications services.

The Web site is touted as a free listing for service providers operating in regional and rural Australia, and a guide for users to gain access to what services are available.

Cisco systems launches online channel toolCisco Systems has launched an online sales tool, aimed at helping its channel partners offer better services to small and medium-sized businesses looking to buy Cisco gear.

The Cisco Internet Business Roadmap is a free online aid meant to help channel partners gauge the products that could be useful to a company's development, Cisco said.

The tool investigates a company's primary business objective and matches it with case studies of similar companies, showing what products they have used. It also provides specific recommendations for products and implementations, and specific contacts that can help businesses begin their online plan.

Clear skies for Clarity

ASX-listed telecommunications software vendor Clarity has achieved an operating profit (after tax) of $6.4 million profit for its first year as a listed company.

Clarity reported revenues of $45 million, 143 per cent higher than its prospectus forecast when it listed in October 2000. As of July 31, 2001, the company had cash reserves of approximately $8 million.

Clarity produces "operational support systems" for telecomunications networks.