Network Solutions Briefs: Ericsson, Intel, Peregrine, Telstra, Asiasat

Ericsson and Intel make Bluetooth pact

Ericsson agreed to cross the pond last week and supply a large chunk of its Bluetooth wireless technology to Intel.

Stockholm-based Ericsson signed a licensing agreement with Intel to cover the supply of Ericsson intellectual property relating to Bluetooth technology to the chip maker.

Intel looks to the deal to broaden its product offerings to OEMs in the wireless space. Intel will use hardware and software related to Ericsson's Bluetooth Core Product and software for its HOST Stack product. The Bluetooth Core Product consists of baseband software and hardware designs that help put Bluetooth technology into chips. The HOST Stack is a software component that eases communication between devices.

New tool for wireless LANs

Sniffer Technologies, a Network Associates' subsidiary, is expected to announce a protocol analyser for Cisco System's wireless LANs. Sniffer Wireless will let users of Cisco's Aironet wireless LAN spot security risks and encryption issues in real time and identify potential network problems, Sniffer says. Pricing and availability was unavailable at press time.

Peregrine goes flat out

Peregrine Systems, which purchased Harbinger earlier this year, claims it is offering flat-rate pricing - as opposed to kilobyte-based pricing - as an option on data-conversion services such as converting SAP datastreams to xCML, electronic data interchange or fax. Pricing starts at $US150 per month, per trading partner for online exchanges using Peregrine e-market group services.

New satellite alliance inked

Telstra and Asia Satellite Telecommunications (Asiasat) announced at the ITU Telecom Asia 2000 the signing of a deal that will expand Telstra's reach in the regional satellite communications industry.

The deal will give Telstra the ability to access and use capacity on Asiasat's regional satellites.

The Hong Kong-based company operates three satellites, the newest of which, Asiasat 3S, has 44 transponders and a footprint that stretches from Asia to the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (parts of the former USSR) and Australia.

Earlier this year, Telstra merged its mobile satellite business with that of Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN NV. Asiasat expanded into the European market in late 1998 through an alliance with Luxembourg-based Société Européenne des Satellites SA, under which the European company acquired a 34 per cent stake in Asiasat.