IDT Corp. announced in March that its
Winstar Communications LLC subsidiary is implementing a strategic plan wherein it will exit its wireline resale business, exit its fixed wireless business in certain of its smaller markets and consolidate facilities and functions with IDT.
Winstar will retain and grow its wide area network data and its long-distance resale businesses across the continental United States. Additionally, it will continue to provide local, long-distance and Internet services on its fixed wireless network in 22 markets. At the same time, it will increase the coverage of its fixed wireless network by adding approximately 600 new buildings in those same cities. Under the plan, IDT personnel will assume responsibility for many overlapping functions, resulting in the elimination of approximately 65 percent of Winstar’s existing nonsales workforce and the transfer of Winstar’s customer service operations to an alternate facility.
The wholesale division of
MCI Worldcom announced in March that it is offering lower per-minute pricing — an average of 50 percent lower — for wholesale voice service from Canada to the United States. Reduced rates are available for new and existing customers using Classic, Access Based Billing and Prism products. New and existing Transcend customers will be considered on individual case bases.
IP Centrex wholesaler
Telverse Communications and wholesale VoIP provider Radiant Telecom have deployed the NexTone Communications Multiprotocol Signaling Switch (MSW). Telverse utilizes the NexTone MSW solution to provide interoperability between SIP and H.323 carrier networks to deliver hosted IP Centrex service solutions in North America. Additionally, the programmable routing engine allows Telverse to create calling plans that interconnect enterprise TDM and IP PBXs located at a central corporate site with distributed offices using Telverse’s hosted IP Centrex service solution. Radiant Telecom, a provider of calling card and wholesale voice services, has deployed the NexTone MSW to enable direct termination of SIP and H.323 VoIP traffic on the Radiant network.
PaeTec Communications Inc. has named Dave Pogoda as its vice president of sales for its wholesale markets group. Pogoda joins PaeTec with 10 years of telecom experience in carrier and wholesale sales. Prior to joining PaeTec, Pogoda served as regional vice president of carrier sales/bandwith solutions for Global Crossing Ltd. Previously, he held management positions with Intermedia Communications and Metropolitan Fiber Systems Communications.
Internet satellite provider
StarBand announced its new Small Office service through its distributors, US Online, an ISP affiliate network, and DigiVision an independent full-service satellite and audio/visual installation company serving customers and partners in the continental United States. StarBand delivers two-way satellite Internet service through small antennas on roofs or walls of customer homes or on poles. The StarBand Model 360 high-speed modem is connected to a customer’s computer. When a customer accesses StarBand Internet service, the signal travels over inside wiring to the rooftop antenna. The antenna then relays the data signals to a satellite. The satellite sends the signal to the StarBand Network Operations Center where it gathers, aggregates and routes the signals to deliver data from the Internet to the customer. The StarBand antenna accommodates StarBand high-speed Internet service and EchoStar’s DISH Network satellite TV programming.
EarthLink Inc. announced the launch of EarthLink High Speed Internet service to consumers over facilities operated by Time Warner Cable, El Paso. Initial pricing is $41.95 for speeds up to 2mbps downstream and 384kbps upstream.
EarthLink Inc. www.earthlink.net
IDT Corp. www.idt.com
MCI Worldcom www.wcom.com
NexTone Communications www.nextone.com
PaeTec Communications Inc. www.paetec.com
Radiant Telecom www.radiantholdings.com
Time Warner Cable, El Paso www.twcelp.com
US Online www.usonline.com
Winstar Communications LLC www.winstar.com