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Two deals for BinCom

SATELLITE-based broadband communications group BinCom Satellite Systems Limited has sped up delivery of services to remote and regional areas following two key deals with medical services provider Global Doctor Services Pty Ltd and US-based interactive distance learning (IDL) specialists One Touch Systems.

Tele-health and tele-education services will be delivered through the second and third gateways of BinCom’s Perth and Darwin network control centres (NCC). The company is already delivering voice and data services to resource-based clients through the first gateway at its Perth NCC.

Under a memorandum of understanding, BinCom will be involved with the delivery of Global Doctor’s services across its satellite network.

Under the agreement with One Touch, the company has extended its existing relationship with the global IDL group to become a value-added reseller of One Touch’s range of IDL products and to install a One Touch system on its satellite network.

BinCom’s $4.5 million Initial Public Offering was extended last week. It is now anticipated to close in early next month.

Ezenet gets US partner

PERTH-based Ezenet Limited has reached an agreement with US-based nSTREAMS Technologies Inc to distribute video server products and digital turnkey movies on demand and high-speed Internet solutions into Australian markets.

ASX-listed Ezenet markets its Internet TV systems for the home market and has exclusive rights to the Neon Technologies range of Internet TV set top boxes. It has also secured national distribution via the Harvey Norman retail chain.

nSTREAMS specialises in digital media servers that have been deployed in digital CATV industry for true video on demand services, and in hotels for movie on demand services.

Ezenet managing director Linton Chapman said the nSTREAMS product range would slot perfectly into the hotel, education and hospital sectors of the Australian market.

Fair Trading warning

THE Ministry of Fair Trading has warned consumers of the risks associated with dealing with Perth-based computer retailing firm Pty Ltd.

The company has advertised widely in WA, offering new computers for $299 upfront, with delivery in eight to 10 weeks.

Commissioner for Fair Trading Patrick Walker said investigations by the Ministry had revealed information about the company that consumers needed to be aware of.

A director of the Australian company, Johnson Williamson, is also a director of a UK-based firm Smartalk Limited, which until recently conducted a similar business in Britain. The UK firm has a Timothy John Rae as a director: there is a Tim Rae with Pty Ltd in Perth who describes himself as CEO.

The British company is the subject of a UK Department of Trade and Industry petition in Britain’s High Court to wind up Smartalk Limited in the public interest. The petition follows inquiries by the DTI under Britain’s Companies Act.

Smartalk Limited was incorporated on January 21, 1999, and traded from Lancashire, selling computers that cost around £535 each, to the public for £100. Purchasers were required to commit to completing a lifestyle questionnaire every month for two years.

Mr Walker said the Ministry was liaising with UK authorities, ASIC and other organisations in Australia.

“My advice is: don’t sign until you know what you’re getting for your money and understand what other commitments are attached to the purchase,” he said.

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