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  • Australia's ICT industry strong but needs a kick along

    The current downturn in Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) sector is unlikely to have any long-term effect on the size the industry, according to the Australian Computer Society.

  • Australia second to US in e-readiness, innovation, entrepreneurism

    Australia ranks second behind the US in e-commerce readiness worldwide, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Communications, IT and the Arts.

  • Mobile number portability on track

    The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has advised that the introduction of mobile number portability is on track for a September 25 start.

  • Hutchison, TelecomNZ unite on 3G

    Hutchison Whampoa, Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) and Telecom Corporation of New Zealand have announced an alliance forming new companies in Australia and New Zealand focused on third-generation (3G) mobile products and services.

  • IBM will rule the services roost, says Gerstner

    The future of the IT industry is in services and consulting, but never mind the Big Five -- the real services leader is Big Blue, IBM Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lou Gerstner said Thursday during his annual meeting with Wall Street analysts.

  • The push for more bandwidth

    The push to offer greater bandwidth for corporate and residential users is driving innovation in developing new 10G bps (bit per second) Ethernet products, making fiber optic networking more pervasive and improving the speed of wireless local area networks (WLANs).

  • FalconStor merges with Network Peripherals

    Storage vendor FalconStor Software Inc. and infrastructure maker Network Peripherals Inc. this week announced at NetWorld+Interop that they will merge to create a publicly traded company called FalconStor Software. In the stock swap, two-thirds of the shares will accrue to FalconStor; one-third to Network Peripherals.

  • Novell unveils integration software for Windows

    Novell Inc. unveiled an upgraded version of its Novell Account Management application this week that's designed to help users integrate Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system into corporate networks.

  • EMC bolsters SAN's availability, scalability

    EMC Corp. this week announced a series of Fibre Channel switches and storage products at NetWorld+Interop that market-watchers say will make it easier for network managers to deploy distributed and available storage-area networks.

  • Transmeta sees Japan as backdoor to US market

    Transmeta Corp., the California-based low-power microprocessor designer, believes its fastest route into the U.S. portable computer market may be via Japan. The company, which just earlier this week announced its latest design win in Japan, is hoping to use the growing of its low-power microprocessor by Japanese portable computer makers as a backdoor into the competitive U.S. market.

  • Ariba to end collaboration with i2

    Ariba Inc. will end its collaboration with i2 Technologies Inc., as the company does not see a viable future for online marketplaces.

  • Siemens to cut another 2,000 jobs

    Siemens AG plans to cut an additional 2,000 jobs at its Information and Communications divisions, bringing the total number of job cuts at the divisions to 8,100, Siemens said Thursday.

  • BT to break up in debt-reduction bid

    British Telecommunications PLC (BT) confirmed Thursday a plan to split the company, spinning off its wireless businesses as a separate company called BT Wireless, while other operations continue as BT Future.

  • Gartner: Dell outpaces slowing workstation market

    Dell Computer Corp.'s worldwide workstation shipments in the first quarter rose 35 percent year-on-year, while the workstation market as a whole slipped 9.2 percent, according to preliminary figures released on Thursday by Gartner Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Group Inc.

  • Study: US privacy proposals could cost billions

    The cost of complying with privacy legislation now pending in Congress could run well into the billions of dollars for companies doing business online, according to a report released Tuesday by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT).

  • Report: Flextronics likely to buy Lucent plants

    Lucent Technologies Inc. might sell two of its production facilities to Flextronics International Ltd. for between US$600 million and $900 million, according to a report in Thursday's edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper.

  • France Telecom leases more capacity from Level 3

    France Télécom SA has leased a 2.5G bps (bits per second) fiber-optic circuit between New York and California from Level 3 Communications Inc. to increase the company's broadband transport capacity in North America, Level 3 announced Thursday.

  • SingTel boosts profit 26 percent on flat revenue

    In its first year in a fully deregulated home market, former monopoly carrier Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) increased profit 26.4 percent to S$2.32 billion (US$1.27 billion) for its fiscal 2001 year ended March 31, 2001. The profit rise came despite revenue rising just 1.2 percent to S$4.92 billion, SingTel said in a statement Thursday.

  • AOL, Cisco scratch each other's backs

    In an "I'll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine" deal, AOL Time Warner Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. announced Thursday that they plan to extend their relationship, with the networking heavyweight lending a hand on the technology end, allowing AOL to increase its POPs (points of presence), while Cisco continues to flash its face across the media empire's vast holdings.

  • Motorola looking to sell second Scottish plant

    Motorola Inc. is looking for a buyer for its semiconductor production plant in South Queensferry, Scotland, and has delayed a planned move to a new plant in Dunfermline, Scotland, due to the company's financial troubles, a Motorola spokesman said Thursday.