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Qwest Communications International Inc. has introduced a simplified longdistance billing product for facilities-based wholesale carriers. The service, called Qwest Express Carrier, charges customers for the exact amount of service they use, instead of averaged rates. Qwest Express Carrier includes downloadable rate tables, invoice summaries with line items for each call, and monthly calling detail records with information such as final trunk name and final switch location.

Wholesale provider Volo Communications now offers a ubiquitous 911 solution to CLECs, IXCs, cable and wireless operators, ISPs and resellers throughout North America. The company is using technology developer HBF Group Inc.’s 911 service, i-911, and says it lets providers make VoIP a primary offering. Part of Volo’s VoiceOne Information Service, the i-911 service uses the company’s data infrastructure and the National Emergency Number Associations XML standards.

WaveCrest, a service provider in the United Kingdom, has made a direct VoIP interconnect deal with deltathree. The agreement allows wholesale VoIP provider deltathree to access WaveCrest’s worldwide termination capabilities, which include more direct call routes. deltathree says it must expand its network to accommodate the growth in demand for its VoIP offerings, while continuing to maintain the high quality of service its customers expect. WaveCrest has been a VoIP carrier since it started operations in 2001. The company says it carries 4 billion minutes annually.

Wholesale carrier OnFiber Communications has expanded into its headquarters hometown, Austin, Texas, making the company’s AdaptiveBuild managed transport services available in 17 major metropolitan areas across the United States. OnFiber’s Austin network passes through the downtown business corridor, and will serve all major Internet access points and POPs. The 75-route-mile footprint provides Wavelength, SONET and Ethernet transport services.

Technology real estate developer Digital Realty Trust has completed the acquisition of two properties it will rent to network and telecom operators, and data centers. The properties are in Philadelphia and St. Paul, Minn.

NYC Connect LLC has appointed Joseph C. Kiaer as vice president of sales and business development. Kiaer has more than 15 years of technology and IP experience most recently at Band-X, where he played a pivotal role in the sale of that firm to Arbinet. Kiaer will focus on NYC Connect’s two core growth areas: expansion of carriers and connectivity in the meet-me-room; and expansion of enterprise data centers.

CompTel/ALTS has named two new members to its board of directors: Cindy Z. Schonhaut, director of federal regulatory affairs for Level 3 Communications Inc. , and Scott Widham, president of the carrier group at Broadwing Communications. Schonhaut’s and Widham’s terms expire in October 2005, when CompTel/ALTS will have general elections to select its new board.


Broadwing Communications
Digital Realty Trust
Level 3 Communications Inc.
NexTone Communications
OnFiber Communications
Qwest Communications International Inc.
Volo Communications
Yak Communications

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