NCR SECURES LANDMARK MAINLAND ATM PROJECT The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the mainland's largest bank, has chosen NCR to supply key software applications for its nationwide network of more than 13,000 automated teller machines (ATMs). The deal is the first of its kind in the mainland, marking a transition of ATMs from using IBM's old OS/2 operating platform to Microsoft's Windows system. NCR will supply its open standards-based APTRA Edge application, used to deploy more advanced customer services, to run on the bank's different installed brands of ATMs. SHENZHEN MANUFACTURER GETS CISCO INVESTMENT Networking giant Cisco Systems has made an investment in privately held Mobi Development, a maker of mobile communications radio components. The undisclosed amount will give Cisco a minority stake and help push the global expansion plans of the Shenzhen-based firm. Mobi was established in August 1999, when it started making antenna and radio frequency components for base stations running the Personal Handyphone System, code division multiple access and global system for mobile standards used by mainland carriers. Last year, sales volume was 136 million yuan (HK$127 million) and its development has attracted the interest of other international investors. CA REVAMPS PROGRAMME FOR LOCAL RESELLERS Computer Associates International (CA) is restructuring its channel strategy, with an eye to boosting sales, raising partners' profit margins and beefing up customer support. The change is supposed to complement CA's new business model, which provides for shorter and more flexible customer contracts. 'The new business framework we are launching should drive a growing volume of sales through the channel and make CA even more compelling for every type of reseller, integrator and enterprise solution provider,' it said. AGILENT, PEKING UNIVERSITY TEAM UP ON UNITY CHIP TEST Agilent Technologies has announced a strategic collaboration with Peking University to develop a production test system for the Unity-863 processor, a Chinese-made chip used for high-speed computing and communications applications. 'Peking University is one of Agilent's strategic partners in China, and we are extremely pleased to help bring the Unity-863 system-on-a-chip central processing unit to volume production,' said Paul Yang, general manager at Agilent's semiconductor test equipment group in the mainland. VENDOR REDBACK WINS HEBEI ROUTER DEAL Struggling broadband systems vendor Redback Networks has clinched a contract to supply its routers to a China Netcom unit in Hebei province. The deal was jointly made with Redback partner TS Telecom, a Canadalisted telecommunications system provider. The Hebei operator will use Redback equipment to offer high-speed Internet access to customers in key cities.