• IP VPNs Ready for Take Off
    IP virtual private networks (VPN) are the Lear Jets of the networking world: They make sure offices, departments, telecommuters or employees on the road with broadband access can travel safely across the public Internet by using secure, encrypted tunnels to open up private ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • Game Over for UNE-P?
    To say that CLECs have had a difficult time would be an understatement by anyone's standards. Following meteoric rises in valuation on the heels of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stock market declines and restricted market penetration led to a shakeout that ultimately ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • All 4 One: Master Agencies Merge
    Three master agencies - UteleSys, Communications Industries and Telelink Communications - have come together to form X4 Communications LLC, consolidating carrier commitments and back offices to improve commissions and efficiencies for their subagents. The new company ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Net Tax Ban Nears
    The U.S. Senate has voted 93-3 to extend a ban on state and local taxation of Internet access, including cable-modem service and DSL for four years, but the bill does not prevent local governments from taxing Internet-based phone service. The Senate must work out ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Lending Voice to Ethernet
    The LAN protocol Ethernet long ago infiltrated the metro as service providers sought to provide seamless data networks to their enterprise customers. Now, those same networks are being updated to handle the QoS requirements of voice and video. BellSouth Interconnection ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • NEWS BRIEFS
    - LDMI Telecommunications is launching ConnecT, the company's new allinclusive, low-priced Internet service, available to authorized LDMI agents. ConnecT will provide dedicated Internet access at speeds of up to 1.536Mbps, up to five IP addresses and 20 e-mail accounts as ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Will Mobile Operators WiSE Up?
    Executives at Global Crossing Ltd. hope they will. The carrier services group has been working the spring trade show circuit with a new service offering targeted at mobile operators. Called the Wireless Service Exchange, or WiSE, the new service seeks to cut costs of ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • Souping Up the SuperNode
    At its late April Customer Business Xchange (cbx) meeting in New York, telx Group Inc. announced improvements to its 60 Hudson St. SuperNode and its intentions to acquire more floor space by buying 56 Marietta in Atlanta. Hunter Newby, chief strategy officer for the neutral ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • SWIFTNESS OR SCALABILITY?
    By Rollouts of VoIP as a local service replacement have been accelerating over the past two quarters with announcements from service providers such as AT&T Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc., Cox Communications Inc., Level 3 Communications Inc. and a slew of ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • Standing Watch
    VoIP monitoring and quality assurance are growing in importance as IP-based voice services enter the mainstream. A number of vendors now offer tools designed specifically to help service providers and businesses monitor, analyze and test their IP-based voice networks and ...More
    June 1, 2004 By Paula Bernier Posted in Articles