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RESELLER CHANNEL: Briefs

Posted: 5/2003

Briefs

* ITXC Corp. opened a new
switchless carrier class telecommunication facility at Ancotel’s colocation
facility, in Frankfurt, Germany. Many European carriers already have a presence
at this facility and now can immediately access ITXC’s global voice services
network, ITXC.net, by interconnecting via standard fractional E3s or E1s, with
C7 or Euro ISDN signaling. A single connection to ITXC.net gives carriers,
including fixed line, mobile and prepaid calling service providers, access to
more than 175 countries. ITXC’s Frankfurt SuperPoP is a switchless PSTN
interconnection facility, which provides carrier-class voice over Internet
protocol (VoIP) transport for PSTN traffic. Carriers can interconnect to
ITXC.net through their own switches or through their own IP equipment.

* In mid-March the California Public
Utilities Commission reduced the wholesale rates — from around $29 to $16 — Verizon
Communications Inc.
can charge rivals to lease its local phone network. The
decision came 10 months after the regulators slashed the wholesale rates in the
territory of SBC Communications Inc., which controls nearly 70 percent of
California’s local telephone lines, according to the PUC. Permanent rates will
be set at a later date, but PUC spokeswoman Sheri Inouye says there is no
timeframe. She adds the rates could be affected by the FCC’s order following its
February vote governing telephone and broadband regulations. The interim rates
go into effect immediately, she said.

* As part of its 100-Day Plan, WorldCom
Inc.
announced in mid-March that MCI’s The Neighbo-rhood now is available in
all 48 contiguous states plus Washington D.C., making MCI the first nationwide
local phone company.

The Neighborhood is enabled in part
through a partnership announced last year with Z-Tel Technologies Inc.
Z-Tel is a UNE-P reseller and owns proprietary billing software and telephone
technology such as Web-enabled voice mail.

"When MCI launched The
Neighborhood 11 months ago, we outlined four goals we wanted to accomplish in
one year: reach more than 70 million households, expand throughout the U.S.,
have a customer base of 3 million integrated local and long-distance customers,
and remain profitable," says Wayne Huyard, president of MCI Mass Markets.
"We have accomplished everything we set out to do, and we’ve done it ahead
of schedule. Now we plan to add broadband to the mix, which we expect to
accomplish this year."

New states added to The
Neighborhood’s reach include Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South
Dakota and Wyoming.

* Telverse Communications, a
nationwide wholesale provider of "Business Tone" IP communication
services, has implemented the convergent billing solution, Infranet, from Portal
Software Inc. to provide billing and pricing plans to its wholesale customers.
The Portal billing solution gives Telverse the ability to manage and charge for
multiple services provided by multiple companies. Portal provides varied payment
models allowing Telverse to configure bills for differing service partners and
to create pricing plans closely aligned with its customers’ different
businesses. With Portal’s billing solution, Telverse has been able to deploy new
services for new channel partners in as little as two months. Using Infranet’s
brand-management capabilities, Telverse can generate invoices that are branded
with its customers’ logos.

 

LINKS
Ancotel www.ancotel.de

ITXC Corp. www.itxc.com

Portal Software Inc. www.portal.com.

SBC Communications Inc. www.sbc.com

Telverse Communications www.telverse.com

Verizon Communications Inc. www.verizon.com

WorldCom Inc. www.wcom.com

Z-Tel Technologies Inc. www.z-tel.com


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