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The Mountain View, California-based Sun Microsystems Computer Corp unit of Sun Microsystems Inc will offer global communications via Integrated Services Digital Network for 14 countries across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. According to the company, its SunISDN products include newer versions of the SunISDN Expansion Kit and the SunISDN Enabling Kit, both of which conform to the National ISDN-1 North American standard and Euro-ISDN, its European equivalent. The Enabling Kit contains the software for Sun systems, such as the Sparcstation Voyager, which features a built-in ISDN Basic Rate Interface port. The Expansion Kit consists of the ISDN Sbus board and software and is aimed at users that want ISDN functionality on Sun systems that do not have those services built in, says the company. The Expansion kit can be used in Sun servers requiring multiple ISDN connections as well, says the company. Sun also says the kits will enable users to run new or existing TCP/IP-based applications transparently over ISDN. The SunISDN Enabling Kit and Expansion Kit with support for national ISDN-1 will be available early next year but there are no prices yet. Kits supporting EuroISDN are shipping now; the Expansion Kit is UKP700 and the Enabling Kit costs UKP90, with an Enabling Kit 100 Pack, a licence for 100 users, costing UKP460.

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