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Convergence of Market Forces Is Future of SpotMarket

Posted: 11/1999 Convergence of Market Forces Is Future of Spot Market Downward pressure in the spot market on rates is having a decisive impact on the fundamental structure of the industry. As rates decline, the industry adjusts contract structures and trading mechanisms on its own in the spot market, while regulators must account for these […]

Excel Announces Domestic Long Distance for 3Cents a Minute

Posted: 11/1999 Excel Announces Domestic Long Distance for 3 Cents a Minute By Liz Montalbano Excel Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Reston, Va.-based Teleglobe Inc., announced in September a long distance calling plan offering residential interstate long distance for 3 cents a minute between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. seven days a week. Excel’s Three-Penny […]

IPLs in Demand; U.S. Bandwidth Pricing Declines

Posted: 10/1999 IPLs in Demand; U.S. Bandwidth Pricing Declines RateXchange’s bandwidth market was moderately active last month. Much of the supply was in U.S. domestic private lines while most of the trading was in international private lines (IPLs). Tier 3 wholesale carriers and even Internet service providers (ISPs) are grabbing IPLs as soon as they […]

Business News – Long Distance Price Reduction Signifies Industry Change, Not War

Posted: 10/1999 Long Distance Price Reduction Signifies Industry Change, Not War By Liz Montalbano When Sprint Corp. and then MCI WorldCom Inc. reduced their long distance pricing to 5 cents a minute in service plans contingent on certain calling hours, it was inevitable that AT&T Corp. would have to rise to the occasion. On Aug. […]

Bandwidth Benchmark Index Reveals PricingShortcomings

Posted: 08/1999 Bandwidth Benchmark Index Reveals Pricing Shortcomings In the first application of RateXchange’s new TeleCommodities market indices, traders could assume significant temporal arbitrage opportunities. The Real-Time Bandwidth Exchange*Revealed Price Index (RTBX*RPI), which tracks the current weighted average price, is applied to DS-3 bandwidth for major U.S. East-West Coast routes in the chart below for […]

Telecommodities Indices

Posted: 07/1999 TeleCommodities Indices Turns Forward-Looking Beginning in next month’s issue of PHONE+, RateXchange will publish new TeleCommodities Indices reflecting temporal (current and future) and geographically specific indicators, including: * The Real-Time Bandwidth Exchange*Revealed Price Index (RTBX*RPI), which reveals current market rates for wholesale public switched telephone network (PSTN) minutes; and * The RTBX*Revealed Forward […]

FPSTN Rates Decline by 50 Percent in One Year

Posted: 06/1999 FPSTN Rates Decline by 50 Percent in One Year Forecasting RateXchange’s market indices for the first year, it is evident that telephony rates for United States-Asia and United States-Europe will decline by more than 50 percent since the indices first were tracked at the beginning of June 1997. The European index already has […]

Carrier Channel: IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away

Posted: 05/1999 IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away By Larry Butler Since 1964, consumers have dialed 411 for local directory assistance (DA) and NPA-555-1212 for numbers outside their local area. This approach has worked reasonably well for years, but no longer. Multiple local exchange carriers (LECs) and number portability are among the reasons that a […]

Telecommodities Indices

Posted: 05/1999 U.S.-to-Latin America Routes Lower Global Index Minutes routes from the United States to Central and South Americas drove down the global index last month. The RateXchange Americas regional index fell by 9.5 percent, followed by Asia by 5.24 percent and Europe by a fraction. The global index for private-line and satellite-capacity pricing was […]

Telecommodities Indices

Posted: 03/1999 New Year Marked by Across-the-Board Rate Adjustments RateXchange trading activity surged at the beginning of the year. Carriers adjusted their rates across the board with new wholesale promotions. This was most clearly evident in nonindexed routes, such as Chile, Denmark, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Syrian Arab Republic minutes […]

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