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Mobile roaming offered



PAHTH Telecommunications has launched a product that gives overseas travellers a tight rein on mobile phone costs, while offering roaming facilities. The introduction of Pahth’s international system, easyRoam cards, provide a method of gaining access to the GSM networks in more than 100 countries. The cards are available as a result of an agreement between Pahth Telecommunications and Swisscom. Pahth spokesman Peter Hanley said the card offered a lower cost alternative to most current Australian service providers.



AeM powers on



WESTERN Power and AeM Consulting Group have signed a three year contract for the delivery of e-business services including project management, web development, and business intelligence/data warehouse. AeM leads a consortium that includes WA-based IT specialists Fundi Software and Beacon Technology. Between them, the consortium partners have more than 150 specialist staff. Western Power’s business IT branch manager Judy Iffla said Western Power planned to become a leader in e-business by 2003, so it was important that it established a close relationship with an external service provider.



Thin testing finished



PERTH-based retail business to business application service provider Thin Technologies has announced its development teams at Sun Microsystems and Oracle have completed the unit testing of its retail point-of-sale software within the allocated timeframe. Thin Technologies CEO Chris Singleton said the early results from the testing program were very positive and he is expecting feedback from the TTL field test program within weeks. The testing teams have worked closely with Sun Professional Services to complete the POS front-end system and the Sun Backoffice software, which manages the communication between the POS and the Oracle Backoffice solution. The financial software in the standard solution – providing general ledger, accounts payable and inventory control – has been written and completed by Oracle Consulting. Oracle is now working on an enhanced financial package that will be available in subsequent product upgrades.



ASG defers float



ASG Limited, trading as Amcon Solutions Group, has temporarily deferred its stock market float subsequent to approaches from other information technology groups seeking a possible joint venture or equity investment. ASG managing director Geoff Lewis said discussions were at an early stage, but the company had already explored some promising initiatives. Hartley Poynton investment banking director Bob de la Motte said Hartley Poynton recently approached a number of domestic fund managers and private investors in relation to ASG and generated a positive level of interest. Mr de la Motte said there would be no shortage of potential investors. A spokeswoman for Mr Lewis said the company may list by December.



Healthcare financing online



PERTH-based B2B.net Technology Ltd and Medfin Australia Pty Ltd have agreed to develop a comprehensive web portal site devoted to specialty healthcare financing. The portal will serve as a healthcare management and financing tool for healthcare providers including physician group practices, hospitals and nursing homes. It will provide entry to financing alternatives in an online environment, detailed information about Medfin’s financing programs and access to B2B’s healthcare products and services including medical business, pharmacy, multimedia and e-commerce services.





No limits on 27Ghz auction



THERE will be no competition limits imposed in the auction of spectrum in the 27GHz band, the Minister for Communications, Information Tech-nology and the Arts Senator Richard Alston has announced.

He said the release of spectrum in the 27GHz band would facilitate the provision of more competitive Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services, and consumers could expect to pay less for such services.

“BWA spectrum can be used to provide broadband local loop services, interactive video, high speed Internet and a range of advanced multimedia applications,” Sen. Alston said.

BWA will compete with high capacity Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services that use Telstra’s copper network. Both BWA and DSL services provide a solution to the issue of ‘last mile’ delivery.

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