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Saratoga Technologies Debuts ActNow!

Saratoga Technologies Inc. (Booth 412) announced the introduction of its ActNow! software product, making its debut at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The ActNow! business suite allows SMBs full integration of their financial applications, help desks and field service needs. Features include block-of-time and service-contract tracking; service-request and work-order tracking in real time; and […]

AB&T Joins McGraw’s Profit Sharing Program

McGraw Communications Inc. recently announced its partnership with AB&T Telecom as part of its newly created Profit Sharing Program (PSP). PSP allows partners to earn more per customer, build brand identity, own their own customer bases and provides a migration path to becoming a service provider, according to McGraws president John Cunningham. McGraws new partner, AB&T Telecom, […]

Comtel Launches New Excel Telecommunications

Comtel Telcom Assets LP has completed its asset acquisition of VarTec Telecom Inc., one of the pioneers of the 10-10 dial-around market. Comtel bought nearly all of VarTecs assets, as well as those of VarTecs subsidiaries Clear Choice Communications, One Choice and VarTec Solutions (formerly eMeritus Communications). The deal first was announced in August 2005. […]

Martin Defends Decision Not to Act on Verizon Petition

Fearing that incumbents will continue to slow infrastructure investment if they are forced to share their networks with competitive carriers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Monday defended his decision to effectively allow Verizon Communications Inc. to reclassify its broadband services from telecommunications to information services. Among other implications, that could mean Verizon will no longer […]

Panasonic Releases Toughbook Wireless Display

Panasonic has introduced the Toughbook Wireless Display, a durable, lightweight thin-client computing device designed to improve workforce automation, and field and customer service operations, for the telecommunications and cable industries. Weighing in at 2.6 lbs and equipped with a 10.4-inch LCD, the Toughbook Wireless Display has no local software applications. Instead, it wirelessly accesses applications […]

Panasonic Announces Toughbook 08

Panasonic Corp. announced at TelecomNEXT the Toughbook 08 notebook PC with a fully rugged wireless display. The device, available in June, is a result of a 2-year-old project with the RBOCs. It has a 10.5-inch display, and allows telco technicians in the field to set up a cellular WLAN to retrieve customer records, maps, test […]

Covad Announces Business VoIP, Broadband Deal With Intelisys

Covad Communications Group Inc., a national provider of integrated voice and data communications, this week announced it has signed a deal with Intelisys, a master agency distributor of business telecommunications services. The deal, announced at the Spring 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo, enables Intelisys distribution network of more than 450 independent sales partners to sell […]

Level 3 Rollup Strategy Making Progress

THE WHOLESALE MARKET IS in flux, illustrated by yet another strategic acquisition that narrows the field of carriers carriers. Level 3 Communications Inc. announced in late January it will buy up yet another wholesaler, Progress Telecom LLC, based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Level 3 WilTel, and Progress U.S. Networks Click to Enlarge Level 3 will […]

ROUND TABLE

After the 96 Act was passed, the general position of the competitive community was very favorable toward the Act and thought that it was a great effort by Congress to balance the competing interests and needs and really create a level playing field. Unfortunately, the FCC, while they did a good job in some areas, […]

Long-Haul Wholesale Field Narrows

The Level 3 Communications Inc. merger with WilTel Communications Group LLC mirrors the industrywide predilection for consolidation, and analysts predict it will help the former rivals land customers neither could get flying solo and, perhaps more importantly, inspire more stable pricing in the wholesale market. It also may mean Level 3 will stay true to […]

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