• ROUND TABLE
    ...ON THE FCC’S INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM — AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD — THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES. “This ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • PRODUCT NEWS
    Sigma Systems Upgrades Management Platform Click to Enlarge OSS provider Sigma Systems Inc. has updated its flagship Sigma Service Management Platform (SMP) to Release 3. SMP Release 3.0 enhances automation of service management and service delivery of subscription, ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Automation in Moderation
    IN AN ON-DEMAND world, the mantra seems to be “automate or die.” At the same time, it is important to maintain that human touch. Carriers and master agencies are accomplishing these seemingly opposite aims by rolling out partner Web portals with functionalities such as ...More
    January 1, 2006 By Kelly Teal Posted in Articles
  • XO’s Wireless Encore Leads With Wholesale
    XO COMMUNICATIONS INC. LIFTED THE curtain in November on a plan to spin off its national wireline business for $700 million in cash, creating a new fixed wireless wholesale company under a different, as-yet-undecided name. The news brings the company spotlight full circle: ...More
    January 1, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • News Briefs
    Cable MSO RCN Business Solutions will use wireless network extensions from First Avenue Networks to expand the market for its bulk tripleplay services to more large-business customers, while offering network redundancy. In return, RCN is offering First Avenue access to its ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Who Are You?
    A FEW MONTHS AGO, I used this forum to call on our industry to come together to address an issue that affects us all — the economic health and viability of technology resellers. Companies participating in the CompTIA Reseller Transformation Advisory Council have come ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Rent-to-Own Model Eases VoIP Entry
    CARRIERS AND SERVICE providers that want to offer hosted VoIP services often begin by buying one of the highend fully featured software suites designed to support those services, such as BroadSoft Inc., Netcentrex S.A., Sylantro Systems Corp. and Tekelec Inc.These suites, ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Mobility = Possibility
    AS IS CUSTOMARY TO DO AT THE beginning of the year, I have been thinking a lot about where the growth opportunities are for PHONE+ and its readers. There are many opportunities like VoIP that are top of mind, but I keep coming back to mobility. I don’t mean cell phones. ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • UNE CLECs Should Cut the Cord
    THE TELEGRAPH, THE TELEPHONE AND EVEN the television have had us wired so long it’s difficult to imagine the world without the wires. Ironically, “wireless” communication has been around just as long as “wireline.” Since 1899, when Marconi radio-telegraphed the results of ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • NOT NECESSARILY NEWS
    Jetsetters Keep in Touch Travelers now can keep in constant touch when they fly in business jets, thanks to the new MiniMIJET antenna from Starling Advanced Communication Ltd. The device provides two-way Ku band-based connectivity for broadband in-flight applications, such ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles