Voda One, Avaya Financial Services Enhance Funding Program

Westcon Group Inc. said Wednesday its Voda One business practice has teamed with Avaya Financial Services to deliver additional funding capabilities to its customer reseller base. Voda One resellers can use the enhanced Advanced Funding program to receive capital funding upfront upon delivery of the equipment to the end user customer. This helps the reseller […]

Global Crossing Changes Channel

Global Crossing Ltd. in late May laid off several employees that supported the companys channel program, according to sources close to the company. The reduction impacted less than five people in executive and support roles; names were not disclosed, but PHONE+ has learned at least two were channel managers. The action touched off rumors that […]

MCI Returns to Profitability

MCI Inc. said today it returned to profitability in the second quarter of 2005. The company, which is being acquired by Verizon Communications Inc., had net income of $64 million, or 19 cents per share. That compares to a net loss of $71 million a year earlier, or 22 cents per share. Sales fell 10 […]

TMC Recognizes Hard-Working Partners

TMC Communications held its Third Annual Partners Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., the weekend before the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. TMC paid all expenses for its agents to stay at the Hotel Andalucia in downtown Santa Barbara. On Saturday, agents arrived by trolley to CEO John Marsch’s estate for a 1950s airline-themed event that […]

Round Table

… ON SPRINT CORP.’S PLANNED MERGER WITH NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS INC. “This creates three big wireless competitors carrying about 75 percent of the traffic, which is very helpful. Three major carriers can help keep prices low for customers, expenses lower for the companies and innovation high.” independent analyst Jeff Kagan “Assuming this merger is approved by […]

Teldata Control, Broadmargin Become Control Point Solutions

Broadmargin and Teldata Control (Booth 319), both telecom expense management firms, have completed their merger. The new company, Control Point Solutions, will manage more than $7 billion in telecommunications expenses for carriers, large corporations, government and international entities. Broadmargin CEO Donald Lynch will serve as chairman of the combined companies, providing overall strategic direction and […]

Check & Balance

Today, every landline and wireless facilities carrier is both a buyer and a supplier of telecommunications facilities. Telecom companies are organized to deliver services to their customers. As a result, they tend to concentrate their investments and expertise on the supplier side of the equation. The industry generally has responded in kind. There are several […]

360Networks on the Hunt for a Profit

In the summer of 2001, before the bankruptcies and scandals crushed the shares of Global Crossing Ltd., WorldCom Inc. and other telecommunications titans, there was the downfall of 360Networks Corp. Led by a former Microsoft Corp. finance chief, Greg Maffei, Vancouver-based 360Networks ran out of cash during the broadband marathon to lay fiber cables under […]

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