Telephony/UC

 

Reselling Hosted VoIP May Not be as Easy as it Looks

Wholesale VoIP has been in the news lately, and the news hasn’t been all that good. Level 3 Communications Inc., supposedly one of the premiere wholesalers of hosted PBX services, is pulling out of the business, shuttering its (3)Tone service, which is being resold by as many as 100 service providers. Level 3 will shut […]

Beyond Hotspots

As the Wi-Fi market matures, partners have sighted yet more shores of opportunity beyond the sea of public hotspots. Some equipment vendor channel initiatives offer partners - particularly VARs - opportunities for a business-oriented convergent sale that combines hardware with services and applications. Meanwhile, new markets for Wi-Fi are appearing, and a trend towards co-marketing is enabling […]

Oh, Margin, Where Art Thou?

Faced with pressure to boost margins and generate profits, Global Crossing Ltd. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have begun raising the rates they charge long-distance phone companies to ride their networks. The actions reverse a trend of spiraling price declines in the wholesale voice market, which had allowed big carriers like Global Crossing and Qwest […]

Internet Phone Companies Ripe for Sale?

Posted: 03/2005 Internet Phone Companies Ripe for Sale? By Josh Long As more phone and cable giants sweep into the Internet phone market, Vonage Holdings Corp. and other VoIP startups like 8×8 Inc. could face escalating pressure to sustain growth and differentiate themselves from their larger rivals. Will the Internet phone startups be a target […]

Carrier’s Carriers Buoy MSO Voice Businesses

Level 3 Communications Inc. and Sprint Corp. are among the telecommunications carriers seeking to exploit a growing trend: U.S. cable companies delivering phone service to tens of millions of video and Internet subscribers. The biggest cable companies are expanding into the Internet phone market and are even expected to add wireless services, but they do […]

Switch and Data Adds Another “Layer”

When it comes to layers, neutral colocation provider Switch and Data is more the parfait variety than the onion as Shrek’s Donkey would say. It’s most recent acquisition of LayerOne sweetens the company’s existing offers with additional infrastructure, points of presence and people skills. In early January, Switch and Data completed the acquisition of Dallas-based […]

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 […]

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