NEC, Cisco converge on roadmap to IP

NEC and Cisco Systems have formed a partnership to deliver converged voice and data solutions to Australian enterprises. Under the deal, NEC's voice capabilities will be combined with Cisco's data solutions to deliver integrated voice and data solutions for companies migrating to the IP world. The basis for the solutions will be Cisco's integrated technology AVVID (Architecture for the convergence of Voice, Video and Integrated Data). NEC officials said the alliance offers customers a single point of contact for sales, support, integration and a five-year technology roadmap showing a path to IP. Working with Cisco Systems experts, NEC's current sales force will lead the sale of the solutions to corporate customers, the officials, Systems nets $329m investmentCabletron Systems will receive a capital injection of up to $329 million ($US200 million) from US technology investment firm Silver Lake Partners to help fuel the expansion of its four newly-launched subsidiaries, Riverstone, Enterasys, GNTS and Aprisma. Piyush Patel, chairman and CEO of Cabletron, said the partnership would help Cabletron establish stronger ties with the financial community and execute the launch of the subsidiary companies. David Roux, a principal of Silver Lake and chairman of Oracle spin-off Liberate Technologies, will also join Cabletron's board of directors.www.cabletron.comMicrosoft to acquire set-top box specialistMicrosoft has reached an agreement to acquire Peach Networks, an Israeli provider of enhanced TV services technology for digital television, in a move aimed at further expanding the software giant's reach in the set-top market. Peach's technology gives set-top boxes the same interactive ability as Internet-enabled computers, including e-mail, chat and games and Internet access via Microsoft's Web browser Internet Explorer. The agreement between Microsoft and Peach will extend the TV platform to include software for basic digital set-top boxes such as Scientific-Atlanta's Explorer 2000 and Motorola's DCT 2000, Microsoft said.

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