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Sun ONE Shines Down Under

Sun Microsystems has inked a deal with Australia's number one telecommunications carrier Telstra to supply hardware and software to Telstra's new open services platform (OSP).

Financial terms of the multi-year deal were not announced but it is widely viewed as a major client win for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's Sun, which is putting up its Sun ONE Web Services platform against competing Web Services initiatives from IBM and Microsoft.

Telstra, which hawks landline, wireless and ISP services in Australia, plans to tie its online services and data network into the SunONE platform to create an open environment on which any business can deliver services, content and applications to users at anytime, anyplace and on any device.

Once the integration gets rolling, it lets Telstra launch an array of Web services to the business and consumer markets to can allow a user to access content or check e-mail from a range of devices, without requiring multiple log-ins.

The two companies said the deal would ultimately lower costs for developer communities and businesses looking to market online applications, such as unified messaging and payment technologies on Telstra's networks.

Telstra chief executive officer Ziggy Switkowski hailed the deal as a sign the company would embrace the openness of future technologies.

"The new technology environment will effectively open our networks and platforms to the IT industry for the development and hosting of the customer applications of the future," Switkowski said.

Telstra said the deal also calls for the use of Sun's portfolio of consulting, training and support services. The two companies plan to use Sun's iForce Center in Sydney, Australia to develop and test services for Telstra, the Java developer community and its third-party partners.

Telstra network, which is 50 percent owned by the Australian government, offers broadband, IP, mobile and intelligent network services, voice and data network hubs, call centers and multimedia and e-commerce applications. The company has business operations in North America, UK/Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.