Network Solutions Briefs: Madge, CacheFlow, Ericsson, PCCW

Madge rolls out new gigabit switch

Madge Networks has rolled out a gigabit module for its Smart Ring switch products that will let token ring users migrate to gigabit technology. The module is a backbone access device compatible with 4/16/100Mbps token-ring-based nets. The Layer 2-based product enables any-to-any communications between Ethernet and token ring devices across a gigabit backbone, Madge says.

The Smart Ringswitch Gigabit Uplink Module will be available next month for $US6995.www.madge.comCacheFlow snaps up Entera for $US440MCacheFlow says it will acquire Entera, a maker of video and audio-streaming software, for about $US440 million. Entera's software will let CacheFlow's caching servers send streams encoded in Microsoft's Windows Media Player and Apple's QuickTime formats, whereas now they can only handle RealNetworks content. The deal is expected to close next month.

Ericsson invests $US36M in South Korea's LittauerTelecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson has agreed to invest $US36 million in Seoul-based electronic business products and services provider Littauer Technologies, the Swedish-based company announced last week.

Through the investment, Ericsson aims to strengthen its position in the South Korean market, the company said in a statement. South Korea is widely seen as one of the most advanced mobile Internet markets in Asia, behind runaway leader Japan.

PCCW seeks partners for global backbone

Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW) is in the advanced stages of talks with Telstra and other companies on building a global fibre-optic network, the company confirmed in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The project would extend PCCW's current IP backbone joint venture with Telstra, which will lease capacity within the Asia-Pacific region and between Asia-Pacific and the US and Europe.

Deregulation of formerly monopoly-controlled telecommunications markets, along with the surging use of the Internet, is driving rapid development of international networks in the Asia-Pacific. Apart from Japan, the region is playing catchup in its connectivity to other parts of the world in order to satisfy corporate and consumer demand for Internet access.

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