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Managed Services Position the Channel as Trusted Partners

The term managed service means different things to different people. But for the channel, managed service is really about making service procurement, cost control and related concerns, well, more manageable for the customer. Thats the word from Ben Henkels, principal of Communication Management Partners, a Spokane, Wash.-based brokerage and consulting firm. Henkels is a speaker […]

Taking a Different View on M&A

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Lots of M&A and spin offs in the last 18 months – US LEC-PAETEC, Time Warner Telecom-Xspedius, NuVox-FDN, Sprint-Nextel-Embarq, Alltel-Valor-Windstream to name a few. But in all that activity, nothing new or exciting has come out. Understand that many of these events are for financial reasons, not business reasons. It has […]

The Lighter Side of Being an Agent

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO I’m going to take a step away from talking about what needs to be fixed and ramble about the opportunities. With VARs getting into the telco space as agents, agents have a chance to slip into the VAR space. (When I say VAR I mean a hardware centric IT service company […]

RAD Unveils latest LA-110

RAD Data Communications has unveiled the latest version of its LA-110 integrated access device (IAD). The new version supports four SHDSL pairs bonded by inverse multiplexing. The combination of DSL technology and inverse multiplexing capability positions the LA-110 IAD as an ideal solution for medium businesses. Medium-sized enterprises often fall into a bandwidth lurch, said […]

DSET Launches Enhanced Gateway Product Suite

Building on its service bureau operations and legacy gateway products for competitive service providers, DSET Corp. (Booth 719) has launched an enhanced gateway applications product suite that electronically bridges the CRM and order management systems of different trading partners. The applications are capable of handling access and local services, special services that include E911, calling […]

ESPN Hangs Up on Mobile Venture

ESPN is closing down its much-advertised, sports-themed MVNO, it announced today. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. The MVNO launched less than a year ago to much fanfare, but failed to sign up the numbers of subscribers needed to achieve ROI no […]

The Conference Group Expands Global Reach

The Conference Group (Booth 514) has expanded its global conferencing capabilities to include international toll-free access from more than 40 different countries. We have seen a significant increase in our international traffic over the last 12 months, said Greg Plum, the Conference Groups alternate channel manager. As a result, we have negotiated aggressive international rates, […]

Agents Get Their IPTV

IPTV IS HOT. ANYONE who has ventured onto a trade show floor in the last year can attest to that. Worldwide IPTV service revenue will skyrocket to more than $44 billion in 2009, according to one estimate from Infonetics Research Inc. But what most people think of as IPTV is basically a cable TV or […]

iBasis Joins Stealths VPF

Wholesale VoIP carrier iBasis Inc. said today it has interconnected with Stealth Communications’ Voice Peering Fabric (VPF), a peering network that allows members to exchange VoIP traffic without relying on traditional telephone networks. Stealth created the VPF to enable the exchange of calls among different VoIP networks without the cost and potential quality degradation of […]

IPcelerate Releases IPStudio

IPcelerate Inc. has released IPStudio, an IP communications recording product for business VoIP users. IPStudio allows companies to record and monitor different types of media and data sessions in an organization’s IP network. Its features include active and passive recording modes; group-based recording triggers; integration with IPcelerate’s IPsession product; browser based administration and management interface; […]

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