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Global Voice, Centile Help Network Operators Deploy VoIP Services

VoIP wholesale operator Global Voice Telecom LLC on Monday announced a reseller agreement with Centile SA to help network operators and Cisco resellers accelerate the rollout of hosted IP telephony. Under the terms of the agreement, Global Voice will become a reseller and integrator for Centile SAs IntraSwich, which it is adding to its network […]

COMPTEL to Ask Judge for Inquiry Into AT&T/Verizon Divestiture Requirements

Competitive carrier association COMPTEL will go to court on May 10 to ask for permission to intervene in the Justice Departments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks, as part of the conditions for approving their takeovers of AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc., respectively. The DoJ last […]

Visto Sues RIM, Seeks BlackBerry Service Shutdown

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) is headed for another court battle. Visto Corp., a developer of products and systems for mobile e-mail systems for carriers, on Friday filed a lawsuit against RIM in federal court, claiming intellectual property infringement. Vistos lawyers filed the charges fresh off a win against competitor Seven Networks Inc., which […]

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. […]

Citel Bolsters EXTender Line

IP equipment maker Citel Technologies has added the EXTender IP6000 to its line of EXTender products, which give multilocation businesses a way to migrate in phases from traditional to IP telephony. The EXTender 6000 is priced lower than some of the other devices, Citel said. The company distributes through channel partners.  Rather than supporting multiple […]

COMPTEL Tees Off Show With Golf Tournament

Nineteen foursomes took to the links in the semi-annual COMPTEL Golf Tournament Sunday at EastLake Country Club. The event was sponsored by Microsoft. The course, located 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, is an 18-hole, par 72 Ted Robinson-designed championship golf course featuring colorful fairways of bluegrass and rye and a view of nearby Mt. […]

Wholesaler Vanco Direct Makes Debut at COMPTEL PLUS

Vanco Direct (Booth 413), the wholesale division of virtual network operator Vanco, is showcasing its tools and services, which it offers to carriers across the globe thanks to its acquisition last year of Universal Access. Vanco Direct used to be Universal Access and is making its debut at the COMPTEL PLUS Convention + Expo in […]

BlackBerry Settles Patent Case

Research In Motion Ltd., the manufacturers of the BlackBerry, and NTP have reached a $612.5 million settlement to end their long-running patent litigation. The settlement averts a potential court-ordered shutdown of the tremendously popular mobile “push” e-mail service in the United States, and is a full and final settlement of all claims, the companies said.

BlackBerry Shutdown Decision Put on Hold

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said he will rule later as to whether BlackBerry mobile e-mail service should be shut down in the United States, after a much-anticipated hearing this morning. Spencer chastised both sides for failing to settle their dispute in the patent-infringement case. NTP Inc. claims BlackBerry creator Research In Motion Ltd. […]

Covad, Verizon Dismiss Pending Lawsuits

Covad Communications Group and Verizon Communications Inc. said today they have settled pending lawsuits against one another and re-instituted their commercial line-sharing agreement. The settlement means Covad has dismissed its antitrust case against Verizon, and Verizon has set aside the suit it filed against Covad. The agreement also settles the companies billing disputes. As a […]

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