This is the time of year we get all weepy and sentimental, looking back at the moments that made us happy, sad, angry – you name the emotion – in the past 12 months.
And what a year it’s been in the telecom-IT channel. Windstream surprised us by naming two new channel chiefs in 2017. Avaya filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, then emerged earlier this month in what the company says is a very strong position. TelePacific rebranded, after some key acquisitions, to TPx, reflecting its nationwide presence.
But that’s far from all. CenturyLink battled allegations of fraud and legacy services, particularly at AT&T, continued their path to the telecom graveyard.
Those are only a handful of stories that made our list of the top 12 in 2017, which we tallied through a review of online page views and weekly newsletter results.
Scroll through our gallery below to see what was No. 1!
TelePacific Communications, which in 2016 closed on its acquisition of DSCI, rebranded to TPx Communications to better reflect its evolution from a regional CLEC to a managed services company with a nationwide audience.
DSCI’s UCx unified communications offering and ITx managed IT services were expected to drive faster sales for the managed services that comprise more than half of TelePacific’s business. When joined with TPx's SD-WAN technology that can deliver those services anywhere that there’s a broadband connection, this combination “sets the bar for success in the integrated MSP space,” the company said.
As TelePacific. TPx was a regional player focused on California, Nevada and Texas.
“We’re not the company we used to be; we’ve really transformed our business," said Ken Bisnoff, senior VP of strategic opportunities at TPx. "In the past our origin was out of a CLEC — and that’s a term that really has become a part of history, [like] Blockbuster or Kodak cameras,” he said. “It was once wonderful and mainstream, and it’s just really not a part of who we are today.”
Read our full story on the rebrand.