• 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
  • Build Your Brand, Build Your Business: Use Your Company’s Image to Catapult Profits
    Entrepreneurs and business executives always strive to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. They want to outsell the competition, be known as a solutions provider to customers, and have those in their field perceive them as the market leader. Those are certainly ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Improving the Health of Resellers: It Takes an Industry
    To put a new spin on an old adage, when IT resellers sneeze, the entire channel catches a cold. And right now partners are reaching for the tissues, cold remedies and chicken soup.Channel partners who thrived during the 1990s boom and survived the bursting of the dot-com ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • New Hosts Enter Wholesale Market
    Hosted voice services are hot products for the resale channel, and there are a number of new entrants into the wholesale arena, most interestingly Lucent Technologies Inc. The equipment giant rolled out a few hosted services in the past year, but at SUPERCOMM 2005 in June ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Round Table
    ON THE SUPREME COURT’S RULING TO UPHOLD THE FCC’S TREATMENT OF CABLE MODEM SERVICE, DEALING A VICTORY TO THE CABLE INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES SEEKING DEREGULATION OF THEIR DSL NETWORKS. “This decision provides much-needed regulatory clarity and a framework for ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Assess Clients’ Convergence-Readiness in 5 Steps
    There is no doubt that IP telephony is going mainstream. Savvy business managers understand that merging voice and data networks into one integrated, converged network will reduce toll charges and make the network easier to manage, which will ultimately lower the company’s ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Que Pasa? Latinos Buying, Using More Telecom Services than Other Groups
    The concept of marketing to ethnic groups is nothing new, but the increased adoption of telecom services by the Latino population should have solutions providers considering their approaches to that segment.Research firm In-Stat, in its recent report, "Culture Shock: Trends ...More
    August 1, 2005 By Kelly Teal Posted in Articles