• AT&T Layoffs Spark Downturn Talk, Debate
    AT&T Inc.’s (T) announcement Thursday that it’s laying of 12,000 people came not only as a nasty surprise to workers but also as a harbinger of bad times for the telecom industry. At least, that’s BusinessWeek’s assertion. Other outlets are ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • Storey Elected President, COO at Level 3
    Diversified service provider Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) has elected former WilTel exec Jeff K. Storey, who brings more than 25 years of telecom industry experience to the firm, as president and chief operating officer effective Monday, Dec. 8. Storey will be ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • EtherSpeak Unveils Unlimited Pricing on SIP Trunks
    EtherSpeak Communications LLC announced Wednesday unlimited pricing plans, called Freedom plans, for its SureTrunk SIP trunking service for the ShoreTel Inc. (SHOR) IP PBX platform.Effective immediately, EtherSpeak will be offering SureTrunk at a monthly rate as low as ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • IBM Launches Private Label Managed Security
    Computing pioneer IBM has launched white-label managed security services for operators to add to their portfolios. And it’s not a moment too soon: Based on data from IBM’s security services client base of 3,700, there has been a 30 percent increase over the last ...More
    December 4, 2008 By Tara Seals Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Verizon Business Releases VoIP Enhancements
    Angling to provide flexibility for enterprises, Verizon Business is expanding the reach of its VoIP offerings and making efforts to ease deployment with a series of portfolio enhancements, announced on Thursday. For one, Verizon has announced a new VoIP Interoperability Lab ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Samsung Channel Exec Exits
    Samsung (005930.KS) has announced that Chris Franey, vice president and commercial sales for the company’s IT division, is stepping down. He will leave the company next week. Franey was instrumental in revamping Samsung’s channel operations along with the ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Insight Research: Worldwide Telecom Still Expanding
    Yesterday, UBS revised downward its forecast for telco spending in 2009, but today, Insight Research Corp. offered some good news for our industry. According to Insight, the worldwide telecommunications industry is expected to continue expanding over the next five years. ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • AT&T to Layoff 12,000, Plans Capex Cutback
    AT&T Inc. (T) today announced what it termed “a planned reduction” of approximately 12,000 jobs and a 2009 capex cutback, citing economic pressures, a changing business mix and a more streamlined organizational structure.The cuts represent 4 percent of its ...More
    December 4, 2008 By Bob Wallace Posted in News
  • Ingram Micro Has a Day at the SPLA
    Star of the SaaS market, Microsoft (MSFT) has engaged Ingram Micro (IM) in its SPLA (Service Provider Licensing Agreement) program.North American Ingram Micro partners can now offer the deal, ideal for SMBs, especially with cash so tight, to their clients. ...More
  • Reseller Earns Avaya Credentials Via Westcon Group
    Maryland-based Data Voice eXchange (DVX), a communications technology reseller, announced it has earned credentials from Avaya to sell and support Avaya IP telephony solutions for the midmarket.The Avaya Mid Market Program for resellers, a new program being delivered ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News