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Switching from PCs to thin clients could save UK firms £78m

British business could save £78m in electricity bills and slash CO2 emissions by 485,000 tonnes a year by switching from PCs to thin clients, claim researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Boffins at the think-tank came to their conclusion after using IGEL Technology thin clients to investigate the power and CO2 emissions of thin clients against traditional business PCs.

Mobile operators could miss out on FMC opportunity

As the pace of fixed–mobile substitution (FMS) accelerates, not all mobile operators are benefiting, according to a recent report published by Analysys. Mobile operators cannot assume that usage will increase sufficiently to offset price cuts introduced to accelerate FMS, stated the report`s authors.

Computacenter bags Allnet, the wholly owned subsidiary of C&W"

Computacenter has boosted its infrastructure services capability with the acquisition of Cable & Wireless (Allnet), a UK provider of network integration and structured cabling services (and wholly owned subsidiary of Cable and Wireless).

Vodafone admits weak UK margins but German business looks up

Vodafone recently disclosed weaker-than-expected margins in its UK business. Dow Jones reports that financial analysts `generally found UK margins disappointing`, with EBITDA margin at 26.6% for the five months ending February. Vodafone expects EBITDA margin for the UK to be lower in the second half of the financial year, compared to the first half.

Nimans outlines plans for NEC XN120 roadshows

Nimans is to put the NEC XN120 telephone system `through its paces` during a series of roadshows designed to attract more dealers to the system.

Pennine helps netball girls smash world record

A group of schoolgirls have smashed the world record for the longest-ever netball match with support from Pennine Telecom which provided them with meals throughout the marathon.

Corporate Telecommunications trumpets `Mammoth £1m March`

Corporate Telecommunications is celebrating what it calls a `Mammoth £1m March`.

Bell Micro converges resources into new partner programme

Bell Micro has combined its resources to form one free partner programme called Active Framework, just launched to the UK channel. The programme offers a range of value added services including presales and sales support; evaluations and demonstrations; product awareness seminars; telephone support and marketing assistance.

Financial Institutions push up IT budgets this year

This year has seen a significant increase in IT budget in the trading/brokerage, fund management, hedge funds and the investments and securities services sectors, as securities services firms look to better manage, hedge and mitigate their risk by investing heavily in risk management systems, whereas fund managers are increasing IT spend in their payment systems.

VoiceFlex SIP trunking compliant with Avaya one-X Quick Edition

Avaya has announced that VoiceFlex Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services have been rated compliant with Avaya one-X Quick Edition, the company’s peer-to-peer phone system for locations with 20 users or less.  As a result small businesses will now be able to reduce their telephone costs, providing a competitive alternative to ISDN lines.

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