* Level 3 Communications Inc. (www.level3.com)
has announced the commercial availability of its (3) Voice service, a voice over Internet
protocol (VoIP) long distance service, for wholesale. (3) Voice is delivered over Level
3’s end-to-end IP network and softswitch-based architecture. Pricing for the service will
vary based on the call termination destination, volume and term discounts.
* The network unit of Williams Communications Group Inc. (www.wilcom.com) has signed a $130 million agreement with
Prism Communica-tions Services Inc. (www.prismcsi.net),
an ICP, to provide long-term capacity and fiber on Williams’ fiber optic network. Williams
also signed a $26.5 million contract to sell services and fiber capacity to Worldwide
Fiber Inc. (www.wwfiber.com), a facilities-based
provider of infrastructure and carrier services.
* FPL GROUP Inc. (www.fplgroup.com) has
launched a telecommunications subsidiary that will wholesale fiber optic network capacity
to telephone, cable TV, Internet and other telecommunications companies in Florida. The
subsidiary has acquired an existing 1,600-mile, intercity fiber network from Florida Power
& Light Co..
* Teletrac Inc. (www.teletrac.net) has
expanded its network through a three-year reseller agreement with AT&T Corp. (www.att.com). Teletrac, which provides wireless metropolitan
location and information management services, will integrate AT&T’s Wireless IP
network with its fleet-management solutions, including its flagship software, Fleet
Director Enterprise Edition and Winfleet.
* I-Link Inc. (www.i-link.net) has opened
its nationwide communications centers to third-party vendors. ISPS, telephone companies
and corporations now can offer enhanced IP voice and data communication services at
I-Link’s Application Centers. The centers are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los
Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. I-Link also is
building an Application Center in Washington.
* iBasis Inc. (www.ibasis.net) has launched
Internet telephony hosting services. iBasis Internet Telephony Hosting is aimed at
telephony service providers and international ISPs, offering a turnkey solution that
enables them to offer voice, fax, prepaid calling and other voice over Internet protocol
(VoIP) services without investing in massive infrastructure or equipment.
The new services include hosting of VoIP equipment in iBasis COs, access to
high-quality Internet backbone and PSTN termination and OSSs necessary for traffic
management, reporting and customer billing.
* Quebectel (www.quebectel.qc.ca), the
Canadian province of Quebec’s second-largest telco, has expanded its international product
portfolio through a reseller agreement with Teleglobe International Inc. (www.teleglobe.com). QuebecTel is offering Teleglobe’s
international toll free, direct-distance dialing, private-line and postpaid card services,
as well as ATM and frame relay data services, under its own brand name.