Customers of Optus' hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network who sign up for new home phone services are being given Voice over IP (VoIP) services rather than conventional circuit-switched land lines, the company has admitted — but prices have not been lowered in line with other commercial VoIP services.
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Fibre-to-the-home and IP telephony will be key parts of BT's 21st Century Network
Europe's largest fibre-optic network, carrying one-quarter of the region's IP traffic, faces shutdown amid bankruptcy and accusations of shady business practices. A ZDNet UK News Focus
Storage start-up BlueArc will use storage networking switches from Vixel within its Si7500 storage system, according to a deal the companies plan to announce Monday. The Vixel switches communicate using the high-speed Fibre Channel networking technology. Each of BlueArc's six-foot tall Si7500 cabinets can accommodate as much as 8.8 terabytes of storage and connect to the outside world using the ordinary TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) networking standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
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