in brief Internet service provider Internode has thrown
down almost $500,000 on a multi-site installation of Cisco's
TelePresence video-conferencing solution.
The ISP has 430 staff at its Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne
offices. It has already linked up its Sydney and Adelaide offices
with the new system, with Melbourne to come online later this
In a statement, Internode CEO Patrick Tapper said the main
reason for purchasing the system was to make Internode's expertise
more accessible nationally, as well as cutting travel costs. The
ISP is using the system for internal meetings, as well as for
communicating with business partners, vendors and customers.
Tapper praised the Cisco systems' quality. "The move from a
video-conference call to TelePresence is like moving from dial-up to
broadband," he said. Hewlett-Packard offers a similar system,