Carrier Channel: NEWS BRIEFS

Posted: 3/2003


William T. Esrey, chairman and CEO
of Sprint Corp., hammed it up at a January awards ceremony in Scottsdale,
Ariz., where consulting firm Frost & Sullivan presented him its Lifetime
Achievement Award. Just three weeks later, Esrey came under fire after the Wall
Street Journal reported he and his right-hand man, president and COO Ronald
LeMay, were forced out of the company over a dispute concerning their use of a
tax shelter.

* Grande Communications has
acquired the rights to provide Internet access and local and long-distance
telephone services to commercial and residential customers of TXU
Communications Ventures Co.
, a subsidiary of Pinnacle One Partners LP, a
limited partnership owned by TXU Corp. and a group of investors. Financial terms
of the agreement were not disclosed.

TXU customers were notified in
January that Grande would be their new provider, says a Grande spokesman, who
adds the company has no intention to change pricing plans.

Under the terms of the agreement,
Grande says it will serve commercial and multifamily accounts of the La Frontera
real estate development in Round Rock, Texas; about 30 multifamily residential
communities throughout Houston; and approximately 15,000 residential and
commercial lines in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin.

Grande also announced the purchase
of a Nortel Networks Inc. DMS-500 switch in Austin to route traffic.

A privately held company, Grande is
building a fiber-optic network to neighborhoods in seven cities in Texas to
provide a combination of telephone, Internet and cable TV services. Grande has
about 50,000 residential and business customers.

* WilTel Communications Group
has signed a network capacity agreement with SBC Internet Services,
to provide the SBC Communications Inc. company with 10 Gbps OC192c
transport to build out its national IP network. WilTel plans to activate the
network by the end of the month. The deal not only is the largest capacity
agreement WilTel has undertaken as a company, but is one of the largest deals in
the history of the industry.

SBC’s backbone IP network will be
utilized for growth of IP-based services such as business Internet access,
SBC-Yahoo! DSL, SBC-Yahoo! Dial, virtual private networking, Internet data
centers, and Web hosting.

As part of a strategic alliance
formed in February 1999, WilTel is SBC’s preferred provider of underlying voice
and data transport infrastructure.

* Wholesaler FiberNet Telecom
Group Inc.
has introduced FiberNet Network Solutions, a new initiative to
provide long-haul and metro network services to carriers, in conjunction with
FiberNet’s core product offerings of metro transport and colocation services.
FiberNet has lit multiple strands of fiber on a redundant and diversely routed
SONET ring and IP architecture throughout New York City. It also provides
services in Chicago and Los Angeles.

* Memphis Networx LLC will
provide fiber network and colocation space and services to Telepak Networks
, which offers dedicated broadband services such as DS1, DS3, ATM, OC
bandwidth and other services to customers in Mississippi, New Orleans and Baton
Rouge, La., Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla. and throughout the United States.
Memphis Networx sells metro access and metro core services, including SONET,
Ethernet and optical wavelengths, to carriers, service providers and building



FiberNet Telecom Group Inc.

Grande Communications

Memphis Networx LLC

SBC Communications Inc.

Sprint Corp.

Telepak Networks Inc.

Tradingcom Europe Group

TXU Communications

Universal Access Global Holdings Inc.

WilTel Communications Group Inc.



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