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Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

AFTER THE HIGH-PROFILE DEMISE of MVNO maverick ESPN Mobile, the hype surrounding MVNOs has dimmed causing many back-office companies to stop trumpeting their enablement services for the sector. Now, a more chastened MVNE posse faces the looming specters of consolidation and evolving back-office requirements. Those that havent abandoned the saddle altogether continue to explore what […]

Dick Jalkut

THEN: Dick Jalkut was the head of network for New England Telephone, which was a  $5 billion company based in Boston and with 20,000 employees. The big news in 1987 was the seven RBOCs trying to diversify their businesses, most of which failed, he says. Also wireless was just beginning to become user friendly but […]

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 […]

Apparent Networks Launches AppCritical SME

Apparent Networks Inc. has launched AppCritical SME, a new version of its network performance software for the small and medium enterprise market. The new software evaluates performance capability, and identifies and isolates sources of degradation on converged networks within minutes. All businesses, regardless of size, recognize the importance of building their VoIP systems on adequate […]

Inter-Tel Rejects Mihaylo Group’s Unsolicited Acquisition Proposal

Inter-Tel Inc. recently announced that a special committee of its board of directors, with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors, has rejected as inadequate an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Steven G. Mihaylo and Vector Capital (the Mihaylo Group) to purchase all shares of Inter-Tel, other than those held by Mihaylo, for cash at […]

Business News – Metro Carriers Feast on Failed Competitors’ Leftovers

Posted: 09/2001 Business News Metro Carriers Feast on Failed Competitors’ Leftovers By Josh Long Metropolitan carriers that have installed their fiber optic networks inside commercial buildings are gobbling up the tenant rights and network equipment belonging to foundering competitors at an astonishing rat.e.With the passing of each bankruptcy proceeding, telecom providers are gaining quick access […]

Former Agent Sues Qwest for $23 Million

Posted: 07/1999 Former Agent Sues Qwest for $23 Million By Ken Branson NCN Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., a former agent of Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, is suing Qwest for allegedly misleading its management, failing to pay commissions due NCN and breach of contract. NCN is asking for $23 million in compensatory and punitive damages. A […]

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