FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Finisar Corp. has introduced a switch for carriers designed to deliver services directly off optical networks. With the Opticity Service Provisioning Platform, service providers can support switched data services for Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over fiber rings or point-to-point connections, giving customers faster access at lower prices. An Ethernet speed link, for example, could cost as little as digital subscriber line, which is less than $1,000 per month.


WorkNet Communications Inc., a wireless Internet access service provider in St.

Louis, is getting $21 million in fresh venture capital financing. The influx of cash will help WorkNet expand its wireless infrastructure. The company offers small and midsize business users its BitBeam service that supports wireless Internet access from 150K bit/sec up to 4M bit/sec. WorkNet offers BitBeam service in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Dallas, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Memphis, Tenn., Kansas City, Mo., and Columbus, Ohio.


Corio Corp., a Redwood City, Calif. application service provider, announced it is offering new e-commerce services based on Commerce One's software suite.

Corio customers can now rent Commerce One's BuySite 6.0 procurement application coupled with the Commerce One MarketSite Global Trading Portal. Corio hosts these applications at its data centers, where business users can set up dedicated Internet, frame relay or private-line connections directly to their application and database servers.


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