Week’s Top 7 Stories: Telarus, CenturyLink, Other Providers Earn Recognition



Numerous telco providers, including Telarus, earned some major kudos.

We covered notable Inc. 5000 awardees as well as a master agent’s top partners, in our recent news coverage. Other interesting industry news include a virtual conference and a Department of Justice settlement with a carrier.

Check out these seven popular stories from our website over the last seven days.

7. Top 5 Producing Telarus Suppliers Include CenturyLink, AT&T, Spectrum

CenturyLink led Telarus providers in overall 2019 sales.

TrophyThe Utah-based master agency recognized CenturyLink and a host of other companies for their contributions last year. For example, Telarus agents voted Mitel as their favorite overall supplier.

Telarus also honored its top producing agent partners.

See more winners.

6. The COVID-19 Crisis and the Channel: Rising to the Challenge

Our editorial team released a digital issue discussing COVID-19 disruption.

The digital issues features analytics from Avant, Dell’Oro Group and CompTIA. Experts weighed in on MSP advice and business challenges. We also covered the products and services vendors have launched to support remote work.

View the report.

5. Zoom Phone Now Available in 25 More Countries, Territories

Zoom Phone now provides local telephone service and domestic calling in 40 regions.

The company added 25 countries and territories to its cloud phone service. Partners that join the company’s referral program and work with one of its four master agents can sell the service.

Check out Kelly Teal’s article.

4. Publicly Reported Data Breaches Fall, But Records Exposed Escalates

Fewer data breaches are occurring than any time in the last five years. But when they do occur, companies are losing more records.

You can cite Risk Based Security for that information. The cyber threat intelligence company unveiled its 2020 Mid-Year Data Breach QuickView Report. The report found that data breaches exposed 27 billion records from Jan. 1 to June 30.

Edward Gately has the scoop.

3. Justice Department: CenturyLink Violated Terms of Level 3 Acquisition

CenturyLink is paying a settlement with the Department of Justice for violating a court order.

According to the agency, the service provider solicited customers whose providers bought assets divested during CenturyLink’s Level 3 acquisition. The department had barred CenturyLink from trying to get those customers to switch to its services.

The company “disagrees with the government’s characterization of the alleged violations” but complied with the department.

Learn more about the dispute.

2. Inc. 5000: See the Fastest Growing Telco Channel Businesses

Telarus, QOS Networks and several other telecommunications providers made the Inc. 5000.

The list honors the fastest growing private U.S. companies. We assembled some of the top companies that identified as telecommunication providers.

See the 13 companies we covered.

1. 5G Bigger Than Speeds, AT&T Tells TBI Partners

The TBI Big Event virtual conference featured technical and sales advice.

On one hand, AT&T’s network services leader advised partners on how they can discuss 5G with customers. He encouraged partners to consider all six pillars of the technology.

On the other hand, sales expert Ryan Estis urged partners to develop closer relationships with their customers.

Read our day 1 recap of the virtual conference.

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