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Qwest Communications International Inc. and AT&T Corp. have signed a commercial wholesale pricing and services agreement. The deal calls for Qwest - through its Platform Plus program - to provide wholesale pricing continuity for AT&T, which has been negatively impacted by the FCC’s unbundling network rules. The companies set wholesale prices through January 2007, scheduling price changes at certain points within the contract period. The agreement includes a residential and business price split which, according to Qwest, will mean smaller rate increases for residential customers in its territory.

Reseller OPEX Communications Inc. is offering VoIP provider Broadvox LLC’s broadband services with a variety of wireless and long-distance packages. OPEX will provision Broadvox’s VoIP broadband through its T1 service, or through a customer’s existing DSL or cable high-speed Internet connection. OPEX calls its VoIP services OPEX InternetVoice. The company plans to launch the service commercially this month. InternetVoice will include unlimited local and long-distance, around-the-clock online management, bundled billing and more.

Voicecom Telecommunications LLC has added a new product, Internet Voicemail, to its suite of voice mail offerings available for resellers in its wholesale channel. Voicecom Internet Voicemail allows users to capture phone and fax messages and listen to them through their current e-mail inboxes. By adding this product to the current offerings for residential and business customers, Voicecom says CLECs are able to compete with local phone companies on a more level playing field. Ideally suited for CLEC or ISP companies already offering Internet service, Voicecom Internet Voicemail provides subscribers with personal DID or toll-free numbers that captures voice and fax messages and sends them to the subscribers’ e-mail addresses.

Service provider VoIP Inc. is using wholesaler Volo Communications Inc.’s VoiceOne broadband voice services to expand its footprint nationwide. VoIP Inc. says it chose Volo for its network capabilities, and origination and termination services. Volo’s services include an XML phone number support system, privatelabel branding and more.

Northland Cable Television, the nation’s 18th-largest cable provider, has launched its digital phone service with the help of Net2Phone, the reseller it partnered with nearly a year ago. The service, Northland VoiceLine, powered by Net2Phone, offers plans that start at $18.99 per month. The all-inclusive monthly package costs $37.99 per month and provides unlimited calling within the United States and Canada. All of the Northland VoiceLine packages offer LNP plus phone number selection; access to emergency services and local directory assistance; standard calling features such as voice mail; and custom home installation. Users also can opt for features such as online account management, e-mail notification of voice mail and out-of-area phone numbers.

8×8 Inc., the Packet8 VoIP provider, announced network marketing company 5Linx will offer Packet8 services under the re-branded Globalinx name. 5Linx sells to independent salespeople throughout the United States. “Our reps are eager and motivated to introduce their customers to the tremendous savings and benefits available to them through the Globalinx broadband phone service offering,” says Jeb Tyler, 5Linx’s vice president and co-founder.

Links

AT&T Corp. www.att.com
Broadvox LLC www.broadvox.net
Northland Cable Television www.northlandcabletv.com
OPEX Communications Inc. www.opexld.com
Qwest Communications International Inc. www.qwest.com
Voicecom Telecommunications LLC www.voicecom.com
VoIP Inc. www.voipinc.com
Volo Communications Inc. www.volocommunications.com


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