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Telco extends into Nth Qld

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications is in expansion mode, announcing a move into the Queensland regional centre of Townsville. In addition to offering data network services, Macquarie plans to commission a regional data facility in Townsville in early January 2001, which the company said will deliver new services and cost savings to the North Queensland business community. Macquarie was recently granted a carrier licence to operate in Singapore and extended operations into Morwell, Victoria in August this year.

Tibco upgrades XML authority

Tibco Software has released a solution to create, convert or validate XML (Extensible Markup Language) schemas and document type definitions (DTDs). Tibco said XML Authority offers XML Schema Candidate Recommendation support. This new global specification is based on the XML Schema Definition Language (XSDL), and provides for the acceleration and broadening of business to business (B2B) interchange and commerce. The solution also supports the Oracle Internet file system (iFS). The product is available as a 30-day free trial download at http://www.extensibility.com/tibco/solutions/turbo_xml/trial.htm, and is due for release soon.

IPv6 shown in Hong Kong

Communications service provider SmarTone, with BT Wireless and Ericsson have staged the world's first end-to-end demonstration of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in Hong Kong. The trial was built on Ericsson's IPv6 system using BT's research and development activities. A BT Wireless spokesman said: "We trialled IPv6 on SmarTone's mobile network, including GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service) with currently available software, and wireless LANs and roaming between the fixed and wireless networks and IPv4/IPv6 interworking, all successfully." IPv6, with its 128-bit address base, enables more IP addresses to meet the needs of the growing device market, including PDAs, handsets, notebooks and video cameras, both for fixed and wireless services.

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