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Ron Harden, former vice president of sales and marketing for Volo Communications, as well as former chairman for CompTel/ ASCENT, has joined VoIP provider VoX Communications as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to Volo, Harden served as executive vice president for Grande Communications and director and COO for PointOne Telecommunications Inc. He also has worked for Williams Communications, WorldCom Inc. and WilTel Communications. VoX is the Florida-based, wholly owned subsidiary of eLEC Communications Corp., a CLEC in New York.

American Telesis, a facilities-based carrier offering a suite of data and IP products across the United States and Canada, announced it has acquired Synergy Networks, a New York City-based company providing network services to firms within the financial industry. The privately held Synergy Networks specialized in providing trader voice circuits and larger private lines connecting multiple offices for financial companies.

CoStreet Communications, a Louisianabased network integrator, has hired Linda Michaels as director of carrier sales. Michaels most recently served as managing director of sales for Universal Access in Chicago. She has worked in telecom for more than 16 years. Before Universal Access, Michaels worked as strategic accounts director for Progress Telecom. In her new position, Michaels will oversee sales and marketing initiatives.

PAETEC Communications Inc. is using OSG Billing Services as its new manager of invoice presentment and distribution services. PAETEC says it chose OSG Billing for its product and design capabilities. OSG will completely redesign PAETECs invoices. PAETEC will take advantage of functionalities including messaging changes, being able to add graphics or photographs, and monitoring the billing process on the Web.

Meet-me-room operator Digital Realty Trust Inc. says it has signed 18 contracts with new and expanding customers. The company says a number of providers are using facilities in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Santa Clara, Calif., and San Francisco. According to Digital Realty Trust, those operators are: 360networks; Broadwing Communications; ColoExchange; FiberTower; Level 3 Communications; Lexent Metro Connect; LiveOps; Looking Glass Networks; NetLogic; Phone1; San Carlos Telecom; SBC Communications Inc.; T-Systems; Telwest; Union Datacom; Verizon Communications Inc.; Wilshire Connection; and WilTel Communications.

Japan Telecom Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Softbank Corp., is extending its colocation and peering services with Switch and Data. Japan Telecom also plans to boost its peering capacity within Switch and Datas Palo Alto, Calif., site. Switch and Datas PAIX services are available in 11 markets.

Equant, an international data and IP services company, is looking to wholesale carrier FiberNet Telecom Group Inc. to provide its low-latency metro Ethernet transport services in New Jersey and New York. FiberNets Ethernet service runs on a native Ethernet over DWDM network, bypassing SONET conversion to provide connectivity for any application, while maintaining reliability, the company says. The service also provides backup paths for protection of all circuits, providing guarantees for latency, availability and Ethernet frame delivery. Equant is a wholly owned division of the France Telecom Group.

Links
American Telesis www.american-telesis.net
CoStreet Communications www.costreet.com
Digital Realty Trust Inc. www.digitalrealtytrust.com
eLEC Communications Corp. www.elec.net
Equant www.equant.com
FiberNet Telecom Group Inc. www.ftgx.com
Japan Telecom Co. Ltd. www.japan-telecom.co.jp/english
OSG Billing Services www.osgbilling.com
PAETEC Communications Inc. www.paetec.com
Softbank Corp. www.softbank.co.jp/english
Switch and Data Management Co. LLC www.switchanddata.com
VoX Communications Corp. www.voxcorp.net

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