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Cisco launches SMB network maintenance Smart Care Service

More news from networking giant Cisco`s Partner Summit in Las Vegas: The company has launched its Cisco Smart Care Service, designed to help SMBs and midmarket customers simplify network maintenance through regular, proactive network assessments, remote software repairs and technical support.

BNS Telecom results show steady improvement in trading

BNS Telecom Group has posted interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2007, and according to chairman Graham Wilson, the company is `building momentum` towards significant future growth.

Cisco targets voice resellers in fresh assault on SMB market

The newly created Select Certified program from Cisco replaces the SMB Select partner program and signifies a radical shift in the networking giant`s channel strategy.

Cisco unwraps Smart Business Communications System

Cisco`s first product to come to market from its new ‘Smart Business’ strategy, the Smart Business Communications System (SBCS) is a fully featured SMB solution for voice, data, video, wireless, mobility and security, an all-in-one box that Cisco claims can be up and running in 15 minutes, making it reseller-friendly.

Mobile TV won`t be the `killer application` say boffins

Boffins at think-tank Visiongain believe that Mobile TV will be successful, but it will not be the `killer application` that some had believed it would be. Rather, the service is likely to be a stepping stone to a broader, more complete mobile multimedia experience and convergence. That`s according to Visiongain`s Mobile TV: Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2012.

Mitel signs up Local Government specialist systems integrator

Mitel has recruited Civica Connect, a communications and Internet provider to the Local Government sector, as a Mitel Systems integrator. David Rowlands, director at Civica Connect, said: “This is a major step forward in our overall strategy. This is a great opportunity for both parties and will enable us to create a new proposition in the market place.”

Analysts predict positive result from Allnet`s acquisition

The recent acquisition of Allnet (the network integration and structured cabling company owned by Cable & Wireless) by the services arm of Computacenter has prompted a positive response from a leading industry pundit. Allnet has  around 180 staff in London, Reading and on customer sites, and last year turned over £45m and was profitable.

Vcomm swoops on gateway guru to lead VagaStream campaign

Vcomm is to launch a sustained attack on the IP gateway market and the man at the centre of this campaign is newly appointed Colin Cunningham, who will lead from the front as VegaStream business manager.

Cunningham has a long history of service in the IP Telephony marketplace having previously held  positions at Westell and Nortel Networks.

Hitachi Data Systems names Steve Murphy as managing director

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, has named Steve Murphy as managing director of its UK & Ireland organisation. He will be responsible for driving all aspects of Hitachi Data Systems’ business in the UK and Ireland and will report to Michael Väth, senior vice president and general manager of Hitachi Data Systems EMEA.

Thus launches wholesale data products to the convergence market

Thus unwrapped its wholesale data products at a series of partner events held last month. Stuart Finlay, channel manager, informed delegates in London, Manchester and Edinburgh about the company`s capabilities in the wholesale convergence market and he revealed details on new products that enable resellers to deliver `high quality` converged MPLS and Ethernet networks to SMEs.

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