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Systems integrator tekVizion PVS Inc. has joined wholesale provider Level 3 Communications Inc.s (3)VoIP Technology Alliance Program to offer independent interoperability certification and testing services for wireless and wireline products. tekVizions laboratory now maintains a constant connection with Level 3s VoIP network, providing interoperability testing services. Service providers and vendors now can contract with tekVizion to complete Level 3s (3)Interop certification process before they turn up traffic over the Level 3 network, add any components or VoIP services.

Digital Realty Trust Inc., which buys and leases technology real estate, has closed on several facilities in key U.S. technology markets. The company has bought 251 Exchange Place in Herndon,Va., which is close to Washington, D.C.; two buildings at the Met Center Business Park, near downtown Austin, Texas; 3 Corporate Place in Piscataway, N.J., an unoccupied 283,000-square-foot building; and 4025 Midway Road in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.


Wireless Exec Takes Reins at Best Little Telco in Texas

Six months after CEO Bill Morrow resigned his post, Texas-based Grande Communications Networks Inc. has named a new head executive and one with a wireless pedigree to boot. Grande, which sells services to consumers and businesses in the Lone Star State as well as national network services to enterprises and communications providers, has named Roy Chestnutt to lead the company.

Chestnutt was set to take the reins in mid-February from Scott Ferguson, who has served as interim CEO since July 2005. No one has been named to replace President Joe Ross, who resigned shortly after Morrow.

Chestnutts experience is planted squarely in the wireless space. His most recent post as one of Sprint Nextels top 30 executives focused on nationwide wireline and wireless sales. Previously, Chestnutt held positions at Nextel Communications, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Cellular.

So how will Grande take advantage of this apparent expertise? Ferguson says Grande will continually improve upon our service offerings.This may or may not include additional wireless capabilities. There you have it, straight from the horses mouth, so-to-speak.

Links
Digital Realty Trust Inc. www.digitalrealtytrust.com
Grande Communications Networks Inc. www.grandecom.com
Level 3 Communications Inc. www.level3.com
tekVizion PVS Inc. www.tekvizion.com

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