Connectivity briefs: Government, iPrimus, D-Link

Govt gets backbone

Work has begun on a Federal Government broadband backbone initiative linking more than 20 organisations in eastern Australian capital cities. The GrangeNet Advanced Networks Project, based on dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, will be, according to a Government statement, a "test-bed for the deployment and application of advanced communications and grid services". The three-year project, due for completion by early 2003, will initially link more than 20 organisations, mostly academic institutions, in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.iPrimus woos channelAustralia's third largest ISP, iPrimus, has appointed IT distributor Magnafield to push its new range of pre-paid Internet access products through the channel. Magnafield, which since May of 2001 has been operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of listed technology company Multiemedia, will distribute six varieties of pre-paid Internet access products to computer retailers around the country. The deal also sees Magnafield promoting "Broadband in a box", an ADSL access product bundled by Quadtel/Marketing Results and iPrimus. Quadtel claims the broadband package has already attracted more than $1 million worth of initial shipping orders for April and May.

D-Link sets training dates

Network hardware vendor D-Link has added two new components to its certification training, which kicks off this month with education seminars in four cities. Channel partners will be able to attend the two-day training courses at a cost of $200, which will see them emerge as D-Link Certified Engineers. In addition to the traditional LAN and WAN focus, new wireless networking and broadband xDSL elements have been added. The training courses will be held in Sydney from April 15-16, Brisbane from April 18-19, Melbourne from April 22-23 and Auckland from April 30-May 1.