BellSouth Corp. has signed a long-term commercial agreement with AT&T Corp. to open its local phone network to Old Ma Bell throughout its nine-state territory in the Southeast. Atlanta-based BellSouth says it has negotiated more than 100 commercial agreements governing the terms under which competitors can access its voice network. AT&T began retreating from the residential market over the summer, but it still provides local phone service to consumers over the networks controlled by BellSouth and the other regional Bells.
New Global Telecom (NGT) says it has signed a number of former Level 3 Communications Inc. (3)Tone resellers to use its 6DegreesIP managed wholesale VoIP. The new partners include TMC Communications, Access Point Inc. and CentricVoice. NGT offers 6DegreesIP using Level 3’s Enhanced Local Service for IP traffic.
8×8 Inc., the Packet8 VoIP provider, says 5Linx, a network marketing company specializing in telecommunications sales, will offer Packet8 services under the re-branded Globalinx name. The Rochester, N.Y.-headquartered 5Linx sells to independent salespeople throughout the United States.
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. InternetVoice includes unlimited local and long-distance, around-theclock online management, bundled billing and more.
CLEC New Rochelle Telephone Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of eLEC Communications Corp., has signed a wholesale service agreement with Verizon Communications Inc., replacing its UNE-P arrangement with the largest local phone company. The deal is good through December 2009.
Service provider Cleartel Communications is using Concretio Inc.s TRS OSS product, which supports UNE-P, resale and UNE-L EDI provisioning. So far Cleartel is offering services in the SBC Corp. and BellSouth regions, and next plans to step into Verizon Communications Inc.’s territory. Cleartel says it needed to replace its provisioning solution with one that was more cost-effective and that it could easily integrate into other parts of the company.
Edgeos Inc. has released the fourth version of its turnkey private-label managed vulnerability assessment and network security services. The upgraded system includes unlimited external and internal vulnerability assessments, a custom-branded user interface that works with a company’s Web site, professional reporting, control of subaccounts for user logins and advanced management tools. Edgeos’ base package starts at $299 per month for unlimited external and internal scans on up to 50 unique hosts per month, and includes vulnerability assessment reports private-labeled for the customer’s business. Edgeos’ private-labeled scanning system starts at $549 per month, which includes the base package listed, up to 50 subaccounts for user logins, and the private-label user interface.
Mammoth Networks rolled out wholesale DSL in six states of Qwest’s 14-state region today. Mammoth’s broadband network allows small, rural and regional ISPs to sell Qwests DSL in their markets. ISPs pay a per-user fee to Mammoth, but have the DSL loop billed to the end user or to the service provider themselves.