Networks news in brief

Short takes on this week's networks news

Short takes on this week's networks news

Atheros to beef up Wi-Fi kit with Gigabit Ethernet

Chipset manufacturer Atheros is to put Gigabit Ethernet into its range of wireless Wi-Fi access points to support the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, which can run at speeds of 200mbps or more. Atheros said it expected all new 802.11n AP routers to include Gigabit Ethernet by 2008, with laptops moving to 802.11n next year.

IBM introduces 252Tbyte network storage system

IBM has introduced a new mid-size network attached storage product as part of its strategic partnership deal with Network Appliance. The IBM System Storage N5600 appliance supports 252Tbytes of storage and includes built-in support for Raid 6, snapshot back-ups, thin provisioning and connection to Fibre Channel or 10 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI networks. It can use one or two PCI Express-enabled 64-bit controllers.

Ofcom to cut time it takes to switch mobile network

Ofcom is to make it easier for users to switch mobile operator by making it easier for them to transfer their mobile number. The telecoms regulator is proposing that the port lead time - the period it takes to transfer a number from one network to another - should be reduced from five working days to one day.

Avaya has acquired Traverse Networks for $15m and simplified its pricing structure for its range of Voice over IP (VoIP) software platforms. With the acquisition of Traverse, Avaya will gain fixed-mobile convergence software, which lets users access corporate IP Private Branch Exchange (PBX) features such as voicemail and e-mail, over a secure mobile phone data connection.

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