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Long-Time CEOs Share Their Views From the Top

What do you get when you put four long-time telecom CEOs together on one stage? Answer: An hour of serious and funny commentary on the state of the competitive telecom industry. Jerry James, interim CEO of COMPTEL, led the View from the Top panel on Monday, lobbing questions to Carl Grivner of XO Communications Inc., […]

IN BOX

Please discontinue sending PHONE+ to us. While I expect jabs of a political nature (and know the publisher makes a disclaimer about views), I find the Lance Sterling cartoon to be misleading and unfortunate. While personally I do not love any one political party, I would think it best not to be too slanted one […]

SIPping the WAN Fantastic

THE LIGHTS, THE SPARKLE, the high-heeled shoes getting into a new technology is a little like your first high school dance. You arrive, filled with promise and optimism, but by the end of the night, there will be winners and losers those who dance, and those that cant. When it comes to SIP trunking, channel […]

TELE-SCOPE

GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 21) Nowadays, the telecom industry is wrought with news of everyone jumping in bed with one another, and it doesnt render much talk of dividing, sectioning or splitting anything. Gemini to the rescue! Everyone knows that Gemini is represented by the twins thats double the fun two personalities, two sides […]

Roadblocks on the Information Superhighway

For the past 18 months I have been thinking a lot about peer-to-peer traffic and how it might impact the many networks that combine to form the Internet. Understanding that this kind of traffic can only continue to grow, I thought it could begin to burden the network without providing it with revenue. I asked […]

Why Rip & Replace?

VoIP is the hottest topic in premisesnetworking today, and justifiably so. It offers end-user businesses clear and tangible benefits, and offers resellers and integrators tremendous opportunities for designing, installing and maintaining new networks. But if VoIP is not implemented and managed properly, the cost savings may never materialize. Stranded investment in existing, functional telecommunications equipment […]

From Arms Length to Hand-In-Glove

Carriers that outsource their billing operations reduce operational expenditure and avoid a capital outlay for the platform. But that doesnt mean that outsourcing is a worry-free proposition. It requires an intermingling of disparate elements: inhouse and hosted platforms, processes and data. To boot, changing carrier services have given rise to further concerns such as how […]

FCC Not Finished with VoIP 911 Rules

Taking your landline phone on the road is one of the cool features of Internet-based phone service, but it also is creating a headache for regulators who want to ensure emergency operators know where a distressed caller is located. The FCC plans to do something about it. In an order released Friday requiring Internet phone […]

Is the Other Shoe About to Drop?

The conversation started out innocently enough. I asked E.J. Butler how PAETEC Communications Inc., the CLEC where he serves as COO, might offer some help to UNE-P resellers that are executing “Plan B.” He, like others I consulted for this month’s cover story on UNE-P migration strategies (see story), was candid about where these companies […]

In Box

Posted: 3/2004 Finally, Validation I just read your article in the December 2003 edition of PHONE+. Interesting! The Part Agent, Part Consultant piece is right on target. We entered into the consulting market in 1997. Trusting clients kept asking for our help. We had to start charging. Its now our core business. We feel validated! […]

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