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Opportunities are continuing to open up for vast regions of Australia as Telco network provider FiberTel continues it's rollout across the nation. Further to Datafast Telecommunaca-tions' efforts in regional Victoria, FiberTel has announced it is building a $167 million data link between Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to service regional centres including Bendigo and Kalgoorlie.

Covering 3800kms, the network is expected to be completed by June 2001.

According to officials from FiberTel, the company has already installed fibre-optic networks in several regional centres and will connect these to the planned Melbourne-Perth network. The company is also planning to establish points presence on the east coast of Australia with every capital city expected to be networked, officials said.

Meanwhile, FiberTel is close to finalising its 100 per cent acqui-sition of Telecommuncations carrier Amcon. The company announced its intention to merge with Amcon last November and is expected to finalise funding arrangements by May.

Tape back-up systems supplier Exabyte has appointed storage solution integrator Digital Storage, as its first Australian Exabyte Solutions Partner (ESP).

Digital Storage joins the global program which is based on building strategic partnerships to develop enterprise storage solutions and to get a piece of the emerging storage area network (SAN) market.

Digital Storage will get dedicated resources, training and support out of the deal as well as the ability to offer in-warranty services and early access to new products.

IBM last week took what company officials called the next step in the evolution of its data management strategy in introducing its Content Manager platform for integrating, accessing, and managing of digital data types.

Though the capability of managing data is not new to IBM, Content Manager provides an architecture leverages IBM's content management experience to provide an overarching platform for managing digital data, said Armando Garcia, vice president of IBM Content Management Solutions, in New York.

Content Manager supports a variety of industry standard data types, from XML to HTML, as well as various development language standards, including JavaBeans and ActiveX Controls.

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