Telephony/UC

News and analysis of telephony products and services, particularly unified communications and the future of the way businesses and their employees communicate.

 

Cablecos Get Feet Wet Reselling VoIP

After years of hype, 2005 will see the cableco triple play - bundled voice, video and data offers - come to fruition on a widespread level as the major MSOs roll out VoIP on their PacketCable infrastructure. That’s good news for the big cablecos sweating competitive pressure from RBOCs and CLECs alike. But what about the other […]

NOW SHOWING

Numerous phone companies have partnered with satellite TV providers to add video to their communications packages. SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the two biggest local phone companies, have partnered with satellite TV providers, EchoStar Communications Corp. and DIRECTV Inc., respectively. The phone giants also are building multibillion-dollar networks to deliver video services, interactive […]

Technology, Policy Face-Off in 2005

J. Sherman Henderson III and James F. Geiger If you thought 2004 was eventful - with an explosion of VoIP offerings and high-stakes regulatory proceedings at the FCC - just wait. Expect 2005 to be an even more turbulent year when advances in technology and critical policy decisions intersect to usher in a new era in communications. […]

POTS to PANS: VoIP Offers for SMEs Grow to Meet Opportunity

VoIP will take us from Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS), to a world of Pretty Advanced New Services (PANS), to borrow a phrase from Leapstone Systems Inc.’s Paul Shaneck. And, small businesses will be one of the most fruitful target segments. Whereas enterprise early adopters dominated early VoIP with almost 80 percent of VoIP revenue […]

Look Before You VoIP

For a battered telecom industry, VoIP appears as an oasis in a desert, but practitioners caution that it’s a destination providers should not journey toward without a worn roadmap. “On the surface, it appears to be easy and plug-and-play; and it is not. A lot of people underestimate what it takes to deliver this service […]

Slam Dunk

With easy conferencing on the rise, remote collaboration is more than just a solution for the travel-weary executive set. Conferencing is finding a home with businesses of all shapes and sizes, and vendors are looking to agents to spread the word. “In the past couple of years, the industry has gotten away from attended services […]

New Directions for UNE-P CLECs

Z-Tel Technologies Inc. typifies the evolution of competitive local phone companies as they move to continue supporting millions of consumers and small businesses in the wake of changing federal regulations. For months, Z-Tel has been planning to deliver voice services to consumers and small businesses over high-speed networks, diminishing its reliance on the infrastructure controlled […]

WHP Ships Cellsocket Wireline-Replacement Device

WHP Wireless Inc. is shipping its Cellsocket cellular phone accessory. The device lets users connect to corded or cordless phones, allowing them to make and receive calls from their home or office phones while using cellular service. Cellsocket is available through wholesale distributors. WHP’s Cellsocket lets users forgo local telephone service by plugging into a […]

SBC TIPToP Service Slammed

By SBC Communications Inc. came under fire this fall for introducing an interstate service that would allow VoIP providers to terminate traffic directly to its network. Critics say the offer known as TIPToP appears to discriminate against other telecommunications companies and is partly designed to bolster SBC’s argument that service providers directing traffic over IP […]

UNE Rules Destined for Court Review, Again

Competitive local phone companies supporting millions of residential and small business customers may see their network costs rise during the next few years by several dollars per line under a regulatory ruling that is likely headed for another review before a federal appeals court. The FCC voted last month to phase out rules allowing discounted […]

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