• Verizon Threatens to Walk Away from MCI
    Verizon Communications Inc. has threatened to walk away from plans to acquire MCI Inc. if the long-distance phone company declares a competing bid by Qwest Communications International Inc. to be superior. Qwest has imposed a midnight deadline for MCI to accept its $9.07 ...More
    April 5, 2005 Posted in News
  • IBBS, PointOne Announce Partnership Agreement
    Integrated BroadBand Services (IBBS) and PointOne today announced an agreement to jointly develop voice products and services for the North American cable industry. Atlanta-based IBBS provides OSS, NOC and call center services for cable operators. The agreement calls for ...More
    April 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • CompTel/ALTS Names New Board Members
    CompTel/ALTS said today it has named two new members to its board of directors: Cindy Z. Schonhaut, director of federal regulatory affairs for Level 3 Communications, and Scott Widham, president of the carrier group at Broadwing Communications. Schonhaut has 24 years’ ...More
    April 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Bell Canada Launches VoIP without Reg Approval
    In a move that could put it head to head with Canadian regulator CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Council), Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) has launched its consumer voice-over-IP service, Bell Digital Voice, in one of its local service areas without waiting ...More
    April 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • "IP PBX to VoIP Network" Interface Specified
    Business VoIP service provider Cbeyond Communications Inc. and several vendors have unveiled a draft document that proposes a series of best practices to optimize the interconnection and interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.The purpose of the ...More
    April 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • The Slump is Over: Industry Groups Forecast 2005 Growth
    It looks as though the slump is officially over as several experts predict the telecom industry is poised for a big breakthrough in 2005, thanks especially to equipment sales, and the adoption of VoIP and other broadband technologies.The Telecommunications Industry ...More
    April 1, 2005 By Kelly Teal Posted in Articles
  • Making Sense of Wireless Broadband -- Part II
    With all the MegaHertzes and 802.whatevers being bandied about, you might be confused as to what the difference is between WiMAX and pre-WiMAX, licensed and unlicensed, GSM and CDMA. But categorizing wireless broadband is essential to knowing what to pitch to your ...More
    April 1, 2005 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • Conferencing Systems
    Posted: 04/2005 Conferencing Systems POLYCOM BOOSTS SOUNDSTATION CAPABILITIES Hosting a conference call will feel like talking with people just across the table now that Polycom Inc.'s latest conferencing phone, the SoundStation2, features twice the loudness and 50 percent ...More
    April 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Last-Mile Matchmaking Goes Online
    On Valentine's Day, Last Mile Connections (LMC) appropriately announced it has moved its matchmaking platform online and extended it to seven additional markets.The company's services have been provided to CLECs on a broker basis - using phone, fax and instant messaging - ...More
    April 1, 2005 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • Members OK CompTel/ASCENT, ALTS Merger
    The members of CompTel/ASCENT and the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) voted last week to approve the merger of the two organizations. The merger, which will be completed March 1, combines more than 350 companies in support of the development and ...More
    April 1, 2005 Posted in Articles