WAN

News and analysis about the technology and partner opportunity surrounding wide area networks (WAN).

 

Covad, TalkSwitch Launch Self-Installable Platform

Covad Communications Group Inc. and TalkSwitch have launched a self-installable voice and broadband communications platform designed specifically for small businesses. It combines Covad’s ClearEdge Integrated Access, a high-speed voice and data line, with the TalkSwitch 480vs, a self-installable telephone system. The platform is designed to grow with the business and can scale from eight to […]

Nortel Expands SMB Portfolio, Tools for Channel Partners

Nortel announced the addition of two new data products to its SMB portfolio, as well as enhancements to existing SMB solutions. Nortel’s new SMB products and enhancements include: Business Ethernet Switch 200 and Business Ethernet Switch 50 portfolios, Business Communications Manager 50 (BCM50) Release 2 and enhancements to the Digital Mobility portfolio. Nortel says its […]

Charting Profits With GPS Services

THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM , usually called GPS, is a satellite-based navigation system made possible by more than two dozen GPS satellites, which broadcast precise timing signals by radio to GPS receivers, allowing them to accurately determine their locations (longitude, latitude and altitude) in any weather, day or night, anywhere on Earth. When paired with […]

Soap Box

AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

Get Smart!

Nokias E61 smartphone Motorolas MotoQ smartphone The Palm Treo 700p from Verizon Wireless The BlackBerry 7130c smartphone from Research in Motion TODAYS SMARTPHONE IS OFTEN described as a cross between a souped-up cell phone and a wireless PDA. From the latest versions of the BlackBerry or Treo (Palm Inc.) devices to Motorolas new MotoQ and […]

Flanking the Front Lines

EVERY NEW TECHNOLOGY attracts the dark side, as IP telephony did earlier this year when a VoIP executive and his hacker accomplice were arrested for fraud. And while computers largely have become immune to attacks thanks to firewalls and other security measures the occasional bug still seeps through the cracks. Next up on hackers radar […]

It’s in the Bag

KA-CHING! THE SWEET SOUND of a sale ringing up is the heart of the business for any retailer. Wireless dealers can help merchandisers hear that sound more often and save money at the same time through applications that address customer behavior, PoS, inventory and supply-chain needs, and more. The retail vertical is full of promising […]

Back-Up Plan

JUST BECAUSE SECOND-GENERATION cellular technologies have been overshadowed by their faster, more-hyped siblings does not mean they do not have their uses in a mobile world, and some companies have set out to prove just that with devices that provide high-speed connectivity over older systems. We have networks that are here that are extremely useful […]

Slippery Slope

IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED , the telecom industry is sliding down a slippery slope. At the bottom of the slide is a world without common carrier obligations. Its alarmist to think we would ever land there, but recent actions since my last rant on the topic (see March PHONE+) have pushed us ever closer. […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the FCCs inaction regarding Verizon Communications Inc.s forbearance petition, and allowing the RBOCs business broadband offerings to be reclassified as information services… The commission is going to try to reach regulatory parity by removing regulations on the incumbent telephone companies rather than on applying new regulations on the cable companies.Kevin J. Martin, FCC […]

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