Telephony/UC

 

Round Table

…ON THE REGULATORY IMPLICATIONS OF THE REGIONAL PHONE COMPANIES DELIVERING TV SERVICES “As we look toward modernizing the Communications Act, we will need to consider what the appropriate statutory framework should be for IP-delivered video services.”-Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce “As a local telephone company,Verizon has a […]

Size Isn’t Everything

The latest edition of ATLANTIC-ACM’s U.S. Wholesale Long Distance Carrier Report Card reveals megamergers are set to drive shrinkage in the segment. Assuming the SBC Communications Inc./AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc./MCI Inc. combinations are completed, total wholesale long-distance voice and data revenue will decline from 2004 revenue of $24.5 billion at a compound annual […]

P2P VoIP: A Black Hole for Media, Telecom

Change always has come quickly to those adversely affected by it and gently to those who benefit from it. There are two distinct classes of change, the voluntary and the inevitable. Voluntary change is a controlled process, usually scheduled, imposed and charged in accordance with a progressive implementation. Inevitable change is disruptive, happening despite existing […]

Special Delivery: Four Letters Inspire Niche Providers

VoIP - and increased interest by carriers in providing it - has prompted the development of specialty wholesale network services and even companies that cater to the needs of nextgen communications companies. Take Mzima Networks Inc. The company, founded in February 2002, offers direct terminations to more than 300 domestic and in-country international partners over an all- […]

Will Monster Mergers Crush Wholesale Suppliers?

WilTel Communications and SBC Communications Inc. have had a cozy alliance for years, but AT&T Corp. could break up the union under one of the most significant U.S. telecommunications mergers in recent history. That would leave wholesale carrier WilTel with a gigantic gap in sales, underscoring the risks involved when a company relies too heavily […]

Telecom’s Neverending Story

This is the story of three petitions before the FCC this spring. All were about IP networks. All had timed out. Two were filed by Bell companies; one by a long-distance provider. One was granted, one denied and the third withdrawn. Taken together, they start to paint a picture of the emerging regulatory environment for […]

Peering Links More, Diverse VoIP Islands

VoIP peering, a system for direct exchange of VoIP traffic, is gaining momentum as separate efforts to unite the growing number of VoIP islands are attracting not only ITSPs and long-distance carriers, but CLECs, MSOs and even enterprises. VPF ENUM Registry Call Flow DiagramClick to Enlarge Cable company RCN Corp., for example, announced in late […]

i2 Signs Distributors for VoiceStick

i2Telecom International Inc. recently announced new distribution agreements, including a number of national retail chains, for its new VoiceStick device developments the company says, in part, are expected to result in a tenfold increase in revenue this year over 2004. i2Telecom says it expects to exceed $10 million in 2005; the company had less than […]

Clecs Unlock PSTN Gateway for VoIP Resellers

IP telephony technology has ushered in an era where almost any company with a sales and marketing department and a server can become a “phone company,” and many have. VARs, agents and switchless resellers (former UNE-P players included) are among those taking advantage of the lowered barriers to entry by offering shared hosted services to […]

Outsourcers IP-Enable DA

As more consumers migrate to their services, VoIP providers are beginning to face pressure to emulate the consumer experience offered by TDM voice providers. E911 is the hot button in this regard, but it is not the only one. Operator services like directory assistance (DA) also are in demand from a broadening user base. Indeed, […]

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