• i3 Uses 'Time Share' Concept to Help CLECs with Switching
    Houston-based i3 Voice & Data Inc. now offers ala carte access to TDM- and IP-based switching facilities based on a "time share" concept to CLECs displaced by the phase-out of UNE-P. The one-year-old company's UNE-3 Fractional Switch Ownership program service goes live ...More
    August 1, 2005 By Paula Bernier Posted in News
  • ALLTEL, Western Wireless Complete Merger
    ALLTEL said today it has completed its $6.5 billion merger with Western Wireless Corp. ALLTEL is issuing approximately 54.3 million shares of common stock and paying $933.4 million in cash for Western Wireless. ALLTEL also will assume estimated net debt of $2.1 billion. ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • IDT Gets $44 Million from Settlement
    IDT Corp. says it will receive $44 million from Spain-based Telefonica S.A. now that the two companies have settled a lawsuit. IDT, a CLEC, in January 2001 filed a complaint against Telefonica and its Terra Networks division because Telefonica had gone back on a contract to ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Telcos Likely to Seek Broadband Deregulation
    In a victory for the cable TV industry seeking deregulation of their DSL networks, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an FCC ruling that frees cable operators from requirements to open their broadband lines to other Internet service providers. The high court ruled in late ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Prepaid: It’s What’s In Store for Small Business Conferencing
    Hot on the heels of other stored-value services, such as longdistance, wireless and debit cards, Web and audio conferencing now are being offered on a prepaid basis and made available through similar channels as other stored-value products — the mass retailers. Prepaid ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Save the Planet One Telecommuter at a Time
    Sirocom, a virtual network operator in the United Kingdom, has released a study highlighting the value of remote working. The company says its users kept more than 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere by telecommuting earlier this summer. ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • From Arm’s Length to Hand-In-Glove
    Carriers that outsource their billing operations reduce operational expenditure and avoid a capital outlay for the platform. But that doesn’t mean that outsourcing is a worry-free proposition. It requires an intermingling of disparate elements: inhouse and hosted platforms, ...More
    August 1, 2005 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • Security: A Cuber's Paradise
    No longer a simple question of adding a firewall to an Internet connection, network security has exploded into a multimillion-dollar market with more variations than a Rubik's Cube. Solve the puzzle, and you could be on your way to lucrative opportunities.Threats to ...More
    August 1, 2005 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • McLeodUSA: Twice Bitten
    Once beloved by Wall Street, McLeodUSA Inc. is in hot water — again. The telecommunications carrier is pursuing a strategic partner or sale of the company and has disclosed it may be forced to seek protection from its creditors while its auditor, Deloitte Touche LLP, has ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Bells Win Another Round
    Telecom’s battleground for consumers now has officially two warring camps — the cablecos and telcos. This situation was assured by the June U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding an FCC ruling against Brand X Internet LLC that frees cable operators from requirements to open ...More
    August 1, 2005 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles