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Telcombrokers Acquires Fine Telecom

Telcombrokers of Santa Ana, Calif., has completed the acquisition of the agent base and carrier contracts of Fine Telecommunications Inc., a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based telecom agency, for an undisclosed amount. Telcombrokers has assumed the management of the Fine Telecom subagents and rolled up the Fine Carrier Contracts under Telcombrokers agreements. Randy Fine, president of Fine […]

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Motorola Invests in Vocera

Motorola Inc., through its strategic venture capital division, has bought a stake in Vocera Communications, the company said Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Vocera Communications System lets workers communicate over a facility’s wireless network through a hands-free, wearable badge. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company serves hospitals, hotels, libraries and other retail businesses. […]

Telcombrokers Begins Buying Spree

In what is described as the first of many acquisitions, master agency Telcombrokers in late December purchased the assets of Tru Choice Communications, a rival master agency based in Corona, Calif. Telcombrokers Dominic Antonini We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of the TruChoice agents and customers. This acquisition marks a step forward in […]

Vonage to Resell EarthLink Wi-Fi

Vonage Holdings Corp. said Monday that one of its subsidiaries, Vonage Network Inc., has signed a three-year contract with EarthLink Inc. to offer customers Wi-Fi Internet access in selected cities. Vonage will buy Internet access on a wholesale basis from EarthLink in the cities where that company will build, own and operate municipal wireless networks. […]

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After months of speculation, it looks like the Sprint Nextel Corp.-cableco joint venture is about to bear fruit. The wireless operator told USA Today that Time Warner Cable and Comcast Communications will go live with cell service in a handful of markets by the end of 2006, with full deployments scheduled for the months following. […]

TelePacific to Buy Fellow CLEC Arrival

Now that TelePacific Communications serves the Central California market thanks to its Pac-West acquisition last year, the company is expanding in that area with another merger announced on Wednesday. TelePacific Communications said it will buy Arrival Communications, gaining 64,000 access line equivalents in California, and giving wholesale customers use of Arrivals network and colocation facilities. […]

EarthLink Takes a Wholesale Dive Into Muni Wireless

EarthLink Inc. launched its first municipal Wi-Fi broadband network in Anaheim, Calif., kicking off a wholesale strategy that relies on the creation of a nationwide Wi-Fi footprint and standardized program. EarthLink plans to go after the home broadband user and businesses, spending $20 million to build a standardized platform that can be replicated in any […]

AVST Starts Reseller Seminar Series

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST), a developer of unified communications software, said today it has planned a series of free sales training seminars for its resellers. The CallXpress Success Seminars will take place this month and next in nine U.S. cities. CallXpress is AVSTs flagship platform. The latest version which integrates with most […]

Google, EarthLink Bid on SF Wi-Fi

Google Inc. and EarthLink have submitted a joint proposal to provide city-wide Wi-Fi in San Francisco. Their bid includes free access with 300kbps downstream and online advertising, along with a 1mbps ad-free premium service offered for $20 per month. The implementation will be a public-private partnership, and San Francisco will capitalize on the online advertising […]

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