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The Conference Group, an active player in the indirect agent channel, now is bringing its Web, audio and video conferencing services to competitive carriers. The rebrandable conferencing platform includes a real-time account provisioning system, which allows end users to instantly obtain passcodes, any time of day, online. Pricing is based on per-minute and subscription models.

Intelliverse has launched a new company name and its new service, Talking Planet, a private-label VoIP service for CLECs, hosting companies and other communication VARs. Intelliverse was formed from the combination of Voicecom Telecommunications LLC, a company providing IVR products, and iNuntius Inc., a SIP VoIP and unified communication software developer that Voicecom acquired in November 2005. Talking Planet is Intelliverses first offering combining Internet phone and video services with unified communications.


Netifice Follows MegaPath to VPN Lead



Craig Young

In a deal thats expected to close this month, MegaPath Networks Inc. and Netifice Communications Inc. are merging to form one of the countrys largest managed VPN service providers with more than 17,000 customers and $125 million in revenue. It also is one of the largest access aggregators with New Edge Networks Inc., GoRemote Internet Communications Inc. and DSL.net Inc. among its primary competitors.

Craig Young, chairman and CEO of Netifice, will remain the head of the company while Brian Service, CEO of Megapath will leave the combined firm.

Young says he and Service began talking several months ago about joining forces. The investors also were behind the move, and all participated in the new funding round of $35 million. Service says the combo brings immediate scale and gets the two companies to their shared destination faster with the same amount of investment they would have required on their own.

The companies expect to consolidate their carrier partner stables. MegaPath has 50 and Netifice has 41. Netifice also operates its own MPLS network using optical circuits from Broadwing Communications LLC. Megapath offered a similar service reselling Level 3 Communications (3) Packet service.

We will look at both networks, says Young, adding it will take at least six-to-12 months to migrate to a hybrid network.

Links
Conference Group, The www.conferencegroup.com
Intelliverse www.intelliverse.com
MegaPath Networks Inc. www.megapath.net
Netifice Communications Inc. www.netifice.com

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