• Motorola Lays Off 1,600 More Employees
    Motorola Inc. said late Friday it laid off 1,600 more employees in the fourth quarter of 2007 and that the costs will create capex charges in 2008. The telecom equipment company released the information in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Motorola in ...More
    January 4, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Vonage Pays Sprint $80 Million, Presumably Running Out of Cash
    A document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and published Thursday shows that Vonage Holdings Corp. has paid the $80 million it agreed to hand over for infringing on some of Sprint Nextel Corp.’s VoIP patents. Vonage and Sprint reached a settlement ...More
    January 4, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Level 3-Limelight Case Could be Trendsetter
    Level 3 Communications Inc. said this week it’s suing Limelight Networks Inc. for infringing on its content delivery network patents. Meanwhile, one telecom attorney predicted the number of cases like this only will increase as carriers roll out converged services. ...More
    January 2, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • TelePacific Celebrates 10 Years
    Facilities-based carrier TelePacific Communications marks its 10-year anniversary in 2008. The company provides voice and data services on TelePacific-owned switches and network infrastructure, and manages more than 75,000 customer accounts throughout California and Nevada. ...More
    December 31, 2007 By Cara Sievers Posted in Articles
  • Becoming an Enabler
    More and more agents are becoming enablers. No, not the kind Dr. Phil would be interested in yelling at. Rather, they are enabling customers to buy, use and upgrade the telephony services they are hocking by offering them the option to lease the equipment needed to make ...More
    December 31, 2007 By Cara Sievers Posted in Articles, Software as a Service/ Cloud Services (SaaS)
  • Soap Box: The Convergence Ship Has Sailed
    Has the convergence of voice and data come and gone? The answer is yes. The sad reality is many interconnects did not view convergence as an opportunity to dramatically increase revenues. These traditional phone system providers closed their eyes and pretended the shift ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Column: Channel Coach - Building Partnerships
    Got Questions?Ask the Channel Coach. Send your questions to Please include your name, city, state and phone number. First names and locations only will be published. Editor’s Note: This is the first of a bi-monthly series of articles designed ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Access, Birch Wrapping Up Merger
    The merger of Access Integrated Networks Inc. and Birch Telecom is slated to close any day now, but this deal doesn’t seem to have the impact of other combinations, such as that of PAETEC and McLeodUSA Inc. Rather, the coming together of Access and Birch will firm up ...More
    December 31, 2007 By Kelly Teal Posted in Articles
  • Silence Broken: AT&T's Bob Sloan
    They came. They merged. They became America’s largest phone company (again). And then the new AT&T Inc., the amalgamation of SBC, BellSouth and a number of smaller transactions, fell silent on its channel strategy — for two years. AT&T's Bob Sloan After months of ...More
    December 31, 2007 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles, Ethernet/ MPLS, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • What’s Your End Game?
    It is time to reflect on another year gone, and time to think toward the future. In particular, time to think about the goals, objectives and desires for your company. To some, this may be a chance to start with a clean slate. To others, this may be a daunting task filled ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in Articles