Australian Telstra rolls out Notes public network

Telstra has announced the launch of a Lotus Notes-based public network to provide a multimedia business communications network for Australian companies.

The Australian telecommunications company Telstra has announced the launch of a Lotus Notes-based public network to provide a multimedia business communications network for Australian companies. The Telstra Notes Public Network (TNPN) will combine the managed environment of Lotus Notes 4.0 with the ubiquity of the World Wide Web to enable collaborative computing between businesses, says Chris Vonwiller, managing director of the Telstra multimedia products group.

The service will provide companies with national and global wide area network (WAN) facilities for Lotus Notes users, Vonwiller says.

Users can access TNPN through Telstra's Austpac telephone network via a local phone call or through an ISDN line and can call a 24-hour hotline for support. Many of the groupware features will be accessible via the World Wide Web and TNPN will have integrated Internet capabilities, such as email, Vonwiller says.

Security will be provided using Notes security features, such as RSA encryption, as well as on a network level with secure servers, firewalls and routers fitted with packet filters to limit traffic to authorised Notes applications, Vonwiller says. "Security is obviously an important factor when organisations are considering exchanging data across a network," he says.

Telsta first announced in October 1995 that it would partner with Lotus to implement a Notes public network in Australia. In addition to nationwide coverage, TNPN is interoperable with other Notes public networks in the United States and Europe, Vonwiller says. Telstra also hopes to expand interoperability to include Asia in the near future.

"We've had a vision for some time at Lotus of a worldwide network of interoperable Notes public service providers and we now have coverage on four continents," says Brian Bell, vice-president of Lotus inter-enterprise communications group.

Telstra is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.telstra.com.au.

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