Is Channel Distribution Merging in the Cloud?

Convergence of IT and telecom technologies as well as the emergence of service delivery models like cloud are making once distinct roles of master agents and distributors less clear.

TMC Releases TMC Smart Solutions

TMC Communications (Booth #1400) is announcing at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo the release of its new product packages for agents — TMC Smart Solutions. TMC Smart Solutions include: Hosted VoIP – T1 Internet access, router, minute bundle and seats with DIDs SIP Total Voice Solution – TMC platform, router, TI Internet access, minute […]

NetCarrier Announces Advantage Plan For Partners

NetCarrier Telecom has rolled out its new Advantage Plan program to NetCarrier channel partners, enabling them to bundle in their own equipment in conjunction with selling NetCarrier services. The Advantage Plan also helps the customer with their purchase without compromising agent residuals. Customers that sign up for the 36-month Advantage Plan will receive a monthly […]

Qwest Expands Purchase Plus Reward

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) announced it has expanded the Qwest Purchase Plus Reward service to more SMBs. The discount started as a bundling service within Qwest’s mid-sized business customer segment, and was expanded and modified to meet the needs of larger-sized customers within the SMB space. The service is available to both segments within the […]

Microsoft Taps NGT, Cbeyond as SIP Providers for Response Point IP PBX

Microsoft Corp. said Friday it has partnered with Cbeyond Inc. and New Global Telecom Inc. (NGT), to provide SIP trunking and other VoIP services along with its Response Point IP PBX, announced in October 2007, beginning this summer. The partnerships will enable the respective channel partners of the companies to offer a CPE-service bundle geared […]

Verizon Wholesale Plans to Add Wireless to Bundle in 2008

As part of its ongoing bundling strategy, Verizon Partner Solutions, the wholesale arm of Verizon Communications, is working on creating a quad-play bundle for resellers of its voice, data and video services, according to a VPS executive attending the COMPTEL PLUS Convention & Expo this week. Tom Caldwell, vice president of marketing and product management […]

COMPTEL: The ‘Grande’ Plan for IPTV?

What better way to learn in candor about Competitive IPTV than from a service provider that may be out of the business by the time the above-titled COMPTEL panel session gets under way today? Thats the opportunity attendees likely will be afforded as one of three participants Grande Communications announced late last month that it […]

Comverse Helps GCI Grow by Consolidating

GCI, an Alaska-based company providing voice, video and data communication services to residential, commercial and government customers, needed to consolidate its back-office systems to support convergence. GCI chose Comverse Inc., a provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications and billing services, to converge its customer view. The challenge: To consolidate more than […]

Becoming More Than Hype?

By Michael Fair, MarketRace Managed Services. I think that until recently these services were more hype than reality. I am really starting to see an interesting trend that is really starting to take off. There is a blending of hardware providers and service providers emerging around managed services. Customers want one-stop shopping and hardware providers […]

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