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U.S. LD Data Market Set to Grow

As with the voice market, the U.S. longdistance data industry is undergoing significant transformation. Unlike the voice market, though, the data side of the longdistance industry is on the growth side of regulatory- and technology-driven migration a reality that will drive growth in this segment even as overall long-distance industry revenue contracts. All in all, […]

Switched Voice Market Gets a Makeover

The U.S. long-distance industrys switched voice segment is undergoing a significant transformation. New or preferred technologies, regulatory developments and competitive pressures are conspiring factors collectively driving compounded shrinkage in excess of nine percent, nearly halving switched voice revenue by 2010 (see figure below). Beyond top-line shrinkage, however, is a reshuffling of market share within the […]

Premiere Global to Buy Netspoke

Conferencing and communications provider Premiere Global Services Inc. plans to buy Netspoke Inc. for $23.2 million. Boston-based Netspoke is a conferencing provider whose platform will help Premiere Global enter the training, sales automation and distance learning markets, Premiere Global says. The companies expect the acquisition to close in early August, adding $5 million to Premiere […]

PowerNet Expands Phone Packages to Maryland

PowerNet Global Communications on Thursday announced packages of local and long-distance phone service for residential customers in Maryland, bringing to 10 the number of states where the Cincinnati-based company markets bundled offers through independent sales agents and affinity groups. The company also said it is offering custom calling features for its bundled services in Florida, […]

Size Isn’t Everything

The latest edition of ATLANTIC-ACM’s U.S. Wholesale Long Distance Carrier Report Card reveals megamergers are set to drive shrinkage in the segment. Assuming the SBC Communications Inc./AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc./MCI Inc. combinations are completed, total wholesale long-distance voice and data revenue will decline from 2004 revenue of $24.5 billion at a compound annual […]

Will Monster Mergers Crush Wholesale Suppliers?

WilTel Communications and SBC Communications Inc. have had a cozy alliance for years, but AT&T Corp. could break up the union under one of the most significant U.S. telecommunications mergers in recent history. That would leave wholesale carrier WilTel with a gigantic gap in sales, underscoring the risks involved when a company relies too heavily […]

Beyond Cheap Long-Distance

Efficiency, feature-rich service offerings, increased revenue - for a carrier, VoIP’s triple-pronged value proposition is the same no matter where in the world it’s being used. But for calling-card dealers reselling cheap international termination on a prepaid basis, VoIP primarily has been a way to shave more pennies off rates. As prepaid traffic continues to grow, […]

Oh, Margin, Where Art Thou?

Faced with pressure to boost margins and generate profits, Global Crossing Ltd. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have begun raising the rates they charge long-distance phone companies to ride their networks. The actions reverse a trend of spiraling price declines in the wholesale voice market, which had allowed big carriers like Global Crossing and Qwest […]

PowerNet Global to Launch Bundle

PowerNet Global Communications (Booth 509) is adding local, long-distance and high-speed dial-up Internet bundling to its service offering, available through agents. The company also is offering incentives for bundling with its Summer Splash Promotion, which helps agents cash in on PowerNet Globals PowerOne Long Distance and PowerConnect High Speed services. With PowerOne Long Distance, all […]

Agents, You Can Go Home Again

The residential market traditionally has been a long-distance target for agents, and while lucrative during the phone wars of the 1980s when the Big Three owned the market, the bottom fell out as per-minute rates fell below three cents per minute. The “resi” sale no longer was worth an agent’s time, unless you could string […]

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