UNE-R to the Rescue

While carriers lament the rising costs of UNE-L and transport as a result of the recent court overturning of wholesale unbundling rules, a new service is coming to the market that promises to help CLECs that rely on such facilities to support their networks. UNE-R, or Unbundled Network Element Replacement, is not a Bell service […]

Cost-based Access to Bottleneck Facilities Still Needed forVoIP

Like Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the moon, entrepreneurial competitive telecommunications providers are pioneers, taking the risky plunges that result in giant steps for the industry as a whole. In the 1980s, CompTel/ASCENT members, such as MCI and Sprint Corp., were the first to take on the longdistance monopoly. After divestiture forced […]

Airespring Begins Local Service Rollout

Airespring Inc. (Booths 300-302) announced that it has become a certified CLEC in California and soon will launch local service in the state for sale exclusively through its agent channel. Other states will be turned up later in the year. Daniel Lonstein, senior vice president of marketing for Airespring, says the company is testing accounts […]

Virtual Peering Speeds Connectivity

Posted: 3/2004 Virtual Peering Speeds Connectivity By Khali Henderson A new service is emerging to allow carriers to peer even when they arent in the same physical location. First advanced last fall by Switch and Data, the so-called virtual peering concept speeds carrier-to-carrier connectivity within a given metro by allowing them to connect at one […]

Hostopia Opens New Facilities in NAP of the Americas

Hostopia (Booth 526), a provider of outsourced private-label e-mail and Web hosting for small businesses, has expanded its network operations, to Terremark’s NAP of the Americas in Miami. "Hostopia’s rapid growth rate of small business Web sites and e-mail services requires us to constantly scale ahead of the demand curve for transit. Our network expansion […]

WilTel Expands to Secondary Markets to Tackle Enterprise Market

WilTel Communications Group Inc. (Booth 810) has announced Extended On-Net Service, a large initiative to extend DS3s and above to 300-plus Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets in the United States. The carrier says it is part of a push to attract enterprise customers and other heavy users of bandwidth. There are challenges for companies […]

ATM to the Rescue

Posted: 11/2003 ATM to the Rescue Consultant Helps Global Tech Company Make Cost/Performance Choice By Rudain Arafeh ATM networks today get less respect than Rodney Dangerfield, saddled as they are with the reputation of being inordinately expensive and all but obsolete in the IP era. But ATM can be the architecture of choice for a […]

CALEA Compliance Goes Undercover

Posted: 1/2003 special report To Serve & Protect CALEA Compliance Goes Undercover By Khali Henderson TELEPHONE COMPANIES LONG have worked with law enforcement to catch criminal conspirators using their networks. Stepped-up concern over security has put the heat on carriers to ensure they can meet mandates under the FCC’s 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement […]

UNE Pricing

Posted: 11/2002 UNE Pricing: Facts & Fictions By Walt Blackwell AS AN INDUSTRY, WE HAVE MADE REAL progress in the nationwide availability of the UNE-Platform at reasonable rates. Many states, in particular, have acted on RBOC challenges to pricing and availability of unbundled network elements. Not surprisingly, the RBOCs are proving they would rather keep […]

Carrier Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 08/2002 News Briefs * SBC Communications Inc. assures its wholesale customers it will continue to provide line sharing under existing terms, despite a May 24 appeals court decision vacating the FCC’s rules. When the court’s final order is issued, which was expected sometime in July, it could allow companies like SBC to invoke provisions […]

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