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Dont Limit Yourself, Partner

By Michael Fair, MarketRace Continuing down my list of the top 10 mistakes that service providers (and master agents for that matter) make with their channel programs: Limiting Partner Recruitment. Successful programs must continually evaluate not just who their partners are but what types of partners they have in their programs. New partners must be […]

Telecom Ramblings

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Let me start by saying this post will be all my opinion on the telecom industry. The Vonage patent loss means that many more patent lawsuits will be coming. Vonage turned to a competitor this week for help. VoIP Inc. was hired for its technology (which it wholly owns) and its […]

Growing A Channel Program

By Michael Fair, MarketRace I have been getting much feedback from service providers lately regarding my recent article in PHONE+ magazine (“Are You Your Worst Enemy? 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid“). The feedback was especially focused at the first item Setting Unrealistic Time-To-Success Expectations. I was approached several times by channel executives from various carriers […]

Call for Speakers for Channel Partners Expo Secaucus

Plans for the Fall Channel Partners Conference & Expo are underway! Happening this year from Sept. 26-28 in Secaucus, N.J., the event promises to mirror the success of Las Vegas. Interested in participating? Submit your speaker suggestions and/or seminar proposal! What topics do you think the channel should be more knowledgeable on? You can submitt applications by […]

Just What Are You Looking For?

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO In response to Khali Henderson’s story about PlanetOne’s exclusive Platinum offer, I am wondering what agents are looking for. Is 1 percent to 3 percent more of commission what you want? Better back-office support? Easier quoting ability? (I would like that, especially from L3, Sprint, Embarq, Qwest and GX.) Sales Training? […]

Channel Bias

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Recently, I tried to move a couple of customers from the DSL provided by an independent ISP to Embarq DSL. The order was declined after seven days, because there was already DSL on the line. Now I find this funny for a couple of reasons, the biggest being that ILEC’s slam […]

PHONE+ ANNOUNCES DATES FOR FALL EXPO

PHONE+ magazine announces the conference dates for its Fall 2007 Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The show is to be held Sept. 26-28, at its new location, the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. The Channel Partners Conference & Expo is the communications industrys only event devoted exclusively to solutions providers agents, VARs, systems integrators, […]

Blocking the Future

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO TechDirt, Democracy in Action, Wayne Porter and many others are reporting that AT&T, Cingular, Sprint and Qwest are blocking calls to FreeConference.com and similar sites. These sites are probably based on an arbitrage play where they are slightly funded by the rural ILEC who is making some good coin per minute […]

Telecom Rumors Abound

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO The Telecom world is rife with rumor: The Google phone. Cable buying Sprint. Sprint merging with Clearwire. Alltel actively looking for buyer. T-Mobile stopped looking for a buyer. XO realized there was no buyer. AT&T buying a satellite TV company. Verizon and AT&T selling a Walled Garden. It’s amazing that people […]

It’s All About the Applications

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO After flying back from Channel Partners, I hit Miami Beach for the Voice Peering Fabric Forum. About 200 high-level execs from companies on the VPF attended. (For those that don’t know, the VPF is a network for VoIP minute exchange, ENUM and CLEC services in an ASP model, such as E-911, […]

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