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Streamlink links with Maps

B2B software provider Streamlink has formed a multimillion dollar alliance with Maps Group which opens the door for the company to pitch its products to government agencies in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The Maps Group negotiates and facilitates goods and services contracts to the tune of $200 million a year for local and state governments, universities and TAFE colleges, water authorities and other statutory bodies.

Optus and Cisco sign IP alliance

Aiming to accelerate the adoption of IP (Internet Protocol) products and services in Australia's data and business market, Cable & Wireless Optus and Cisco Systems today announced a joint product, marketing and sales alliance. The alliance aims to encourage the implementation of next generation IP networks, infrastructure and support to enterprise. The alliance provides for collaboration at all levels of the two companies and across all disciplines, R&D, technical, operational, systems, sales, marketing and channel development.

Southern Cross cable is go!

Southern Cross Cable's trans-Pacific network will be ready for operations as planned on November 15, 2000. A spokesperson for the company, Philip Clark, said SCC had just completed confidence trials of the network to ensure it will perform during its lifetime, from 2000 to 2025. Southern Cross Cable spans the Pacific Ocean with two separate cables, linking New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and the US mainland.

Big Four banks' portal

Any exclusion of smaller Australian banks to the recently announced AusMarkets.com portal would be of concern, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). A spokesperson for the ACCC said the commission would be "concerned if it was found that smaller banks had not been asked to join the venture" and had been "locked out". The four big banks - ANZ, National Australia Bank, Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank are forming an electronic portal to distribute wholesale financial products and services online. An independent company would operate and manage the portal.

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