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Pack a Punch

With Pure-Play VoIP resellers struggling to hang on in a market dominated by cablecos, attention has turned lately to the business model surrounding these virtual VoIP providers and the big margin punch the back-office can pack. A new crop of back-office enablers has arrived to help. Like their mobile cousins, VoIP virtual network operators (VVNOs) […]

Separate & Unequal

Interconnected VoIP providers, in limbo over E911 compliance, are counting on a proposed Senate bill to reduce the chances theyll be indiscriminately sued, a fear that is limiting growth. Right now, many companies restrict expansions and even turn customers away because they do not have protections from liability, while wireline and wireless providers do. Sen. […]

Champion: Always Keep Your Gloves Up

Boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard took the stage at Wednesdays COMPTEL PLUS convention to talk about developing winning strategies for the long-term a philosophy that resonated with participants of the tumultuous telecom industry. Boxing, he said, is a metaphor for life. Theres always a fight, he said, passing on some well-earned advice: Always keep your […]

No Quarter

TELECOM OPERATORS HAVE BEEN given no quarter when it comes to revenue leakage. While C-level oversight and more enterprise-wide initiatives for revenue assurance have brought the concept out of the nether regions of the IT department and into the financial limelight, problems arising from the rollout of next-gen services are an enemy that has no […]

NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

Seeing RED, Fighting AIDS Motorola Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. have developed a new wireless phone to help raise money for The Global Fund, a public-private partnership formed to fight AIDS in Africa, particularly as the disease affects women and children. Founded by U2s Bono and John F. Kennedys nephew, Bobby Shriver, the Product RED […]

Soap Box

AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

WSJ: Treasury Department Might Cut Phone Excise Tax

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday the U.S. Treasury Department is developing a plan to discontinue a 3 percent federal excise tax on long-distance and wireless telephone calls. The paper also said the government is considering refunding billions of dollars to consumers and businesses that have paid the tax. “Government officials are holding closely […]

COMPTEL Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The COMPTEL PLUS convention opened Monday with celebratory speeches and a cake sponsored by Progress Telecom marking COMPTEL’s 25th Anniversary. COMPTEL Chairman Sherm Henderson applauded companies that have “stayed the course for 25 years.” He reflected on the past quarter of a century by looking at the value competitors have brought to consumers and businesses. […]

Still Standing

J. SHERMAN HENDERSON III, or Sherm, as he is known to most everyone in the telecom industry, is aptly described by those who know and work with him as persuasive, the consummate salesman, a cheerleader. He has used those attributes over the past 20-plus years to build two telecom companies and to lead the competitive […]

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