Stories by Agnes King

Telstra ADSL outage cuts off ISP partners

Four Telstra wholesale customers suffered nationwide disruptions to their ADSL service earlier this month due to 10 faulty Broadband Remote Access Servers (BRAS) which prevented customers logging onto the network.

ACCC drags NTG to court

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken legal action against National Telecoms Group (NTG) in the Federal Court, after conducting a year-long investigation into alleged deceptive conduct by the telco provider.

SecureData joins Brocade Elite

SecureData has joined the top rung of Brocade's partner program and will begin an aggressive marketing and education campaign promoting storage area network (SAN) architectures almost immediately.

Primus turns a profit

Primus Australia has announced a net profit of $25.3 million for the year ending December 2002, continuing its run of positive earnings and solidifying its position on the country's top-tier telco list.

NDC folded back into Telstra

Telstra's Network Design and Construction (NDC) arm will be integrated back into the Telstra fold after it was deemed commercially imprudent to maintain it as an independent entity.

3Com offers discounts for old networking gear

Networking vendor 3Com is offering discounts against old and outdated hubs, switches, NICs or PABX from most of its competitors as part of a new Trade Up program that aims to entice upgrades to new 3Com products.

SecureData swells beyond storage

SecureData Group (SDG) is beefing up its sales and technical forces in Canberra as part of its continued expansion in the region and a strategic decision to swell beyond the confines of being a storage specialist.

HP announces 3-year storage roadmap

Hewlett-Packard told partners and customers that it would continue to support the full range of Compaq and HP storage products for the immediate future at its annual ENSA [Enterprise Networked Storage Architecture] conference in Queensland last month. However, the number of partners dealing direct with the vendor could be cut.

Netgear customers get switched-on

Netgear Australia's first shipment of managed switches has sold out in a frenzy just one month after the product was released to market. Peter Newton, Netgear's product line manager based in the US, said the success of the product has exceeded any expectations, particularly in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

HP shuts Sydney plant

Hewlett-Packard has closed its configuration-to-order PC assembly plant in Sydney as part of its consolidation of manufacturing centres throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Speculation mounts over Optus' $24M ASP white elephant

Speculation is rife in the channel that Cable & Wireless Optus has allegedly invested $48 million ($US24.4 million) in an ASP (application service provider) system, which sources say has attracted only about 20 paying subscribers to date.

Govt names data carriage services outsourcer

The highly sought-after Government Group 5 Data Carriage Services outsourcing tender, which covers five Federal departments, has been awarded to managed service provider and telco reseller Macquarie Corporate.

PowerTel ups capacity on Syd-Melb link

PowerTel is to increase capacity on its Sydney-to-Melbourne dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) optical backbone network, in response to growing corporate and wholesale demand.

Govt to certify security providers

The government is discussing the possibility of making IT security provision certification mandatory, in an effort to maintain quality control and develop a more responsibly-minded sector.

Baan hits comeback trail

Beleaguered enterprise resource planning vendor Baan claims to be well on the way to recovery, following its takeover by the Invensys Group and a significant restructure of both management and business operations.