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Amtel Gives VARs Control Over TEM Platform

Amtel Inc. (Booth 419) announced that it will offer its agents and VARs the ability to manage their own clients that have subscribed to Amtels TIMS hosted telecom expense management (TEM) platform for wireline and wireless services. TIMS previously was sold by VARs for a percentage of the monthly revenue. Amtel charges clients a fee […]

SEC Charges More Ex-Nortel Executives

Four more former Nortel Networks Corp. executives have been charged with accounting fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the charges Wednesday against Douglas Hamilton, vice president of finance for optics; Craig Johnson, vice president of finance for wireline; James Kinney, vice president of finance for wireless; and Kenneth Taylor, vice president of finance […]

New Coalition Calls Fights Call-Blocking, Sprint Launches Own Offensive

In what is becoming a he said/she said issue, a group of more than 12 rural LECs and conferencing providers have banded together to form the Coalition for Carrier Neutrality, focused on AT&T Inc. and others allegedly blocking their users calls into free conference calling services. Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel Corp. this week sued a number […]

Enforceability of Telecom Contract’s Automatic Renewal Questioned

By Kathleen Brown, Executive Director, TelecomAssociation TelecomAssociation received an inquiry this week from an agent member trying to win a $1,000-per-month business customer from a competing local service provider. The agent’s prospective business customer signed a one-year agreement 27 months ago. The customer was getting ready to switch to the agent’s recommended new provider until […]

McGraw Outsources Financial Assurance to Vertek

Reseller McGraw Communications has tapped Vertek Corp. to provide outsourced revenue-assurance services, becoming the first customer for Verteks Managed Financial Assurance Program (MFAP), which was launched earlier this year to provide hosted subscription-based services to small and mid-sized CLECs, ISPs and resellers. Weve taken over for McGraw what was their back-office carrier invoice processing, said […]

Vertek Launches Industry-First Managed Financial-Assurance Program

Vertek Corp. (Booth 1519), a leading provider of business solutions, process outsourcing and business consulting for the telecommunications industry, announced today the release of its Managed Financial Assurance Program (MFAP). Verteks MFAP is a hosted data management platform offering state-of-the-art analytical tools specifically engineered to acquire, validate and reconcile the accuracy of service providers monthly […]

Rategate.com Offers Free Phone Rate Comparisons

Rategate LLC has launched Rategate.com, a phone rate comparison Web site that helps users lower their phone bills by using 10-10 dial-around providers. Rategate.com lists each companys facts, then objectively ranks each plan based on its per-minute rates and other criteria such as connection fees or surcharges. The site only features companies that offer savings, […]

VoIP Inc. Appoints National Sales Director

VoIP provider VoIP Inc. has named Steve Bratton as its new national sales director for the VoiceOne Communications’ Carrier Direct Program. Bratton comes to VoIP Inc. from Level 3 Communications Inc., where he served as account director since 1998. Bratton’s sales experience includes wireless, wireline and cable. He was national sales manager for wireless startup […]

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