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Vodafone Wont Sell Stake in Verizon Wireless

Vodafone said Wednesday it wont sell its stake in Verizon Wireless. The British company owns a 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless and had an option to sell up to $10 billion of it to Verizon Communications Inc. By declining to sell, Vodafone ends recent speculation about what it would do with its U.S. arm. […]

Big Sky Sales

SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER. Not just for mankind, but increasingly for telecom, too. Its a big sky up there, and satellite could represent big opportunity for agents and VARs looking to boldly go where few channel partners have gone before. Satellite faces a legacy of slow connection speeds and iffy quality for real-time applications, explains […]

Sandy Beaches Is Giving Away Mens 2007 Final Four Tickets

Calling all college hoops fans! You might want to brush up on your shooting skills because it could increase your chance to win two lower-level tickets plus hotel accommodations to the NCAA Mens Final Four Basketball Championship in the Georgia Dome, March 31 – April 2. In conjunction with the COMPTEL PLUS Spring EXPO, Sandy […]

Court Turns Down COMPTELs Request to Intervene in RBOC Mergers

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Wednesday granted COMPTEL friend of the court status after the competitive carrier association made its case for an independent inquiry into whether the public interest is being served by the elimination of long-distance operators AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc. (see story). The hearing lasted nearly two hours, a […]

Lucent Wins Auction for Riverstone Business

Riverstone Networks Inc. announced Lucent Technologies as the winner of the auction for the sale of Riverstone’s business. Lucent’s final bid was $207 million in cash, as well as certain modifications to the Asset Purchase Agreement originally signed by the parties on February 7, 2006. The terms are subject to final approval by the U.S. […]

Stevens: New Telecommunications Law Around the Corner

The Senate Commerce Committee should present proposed legislation for a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 after Congress’s Easter recess, Sen. Ted Stevens told COMPTEL members on Monday during the association’s 25th anniversary keynote speech. Stevens, an Alaska Republican, is chairman of the committee, which has been working to overhaul communications regulation. He plans […]

BlackBerry Settles Patent Case

Research In Motion Ltd., the manufacturers of the BlackBerry, and NTP have reached a $612.5 million settlement to end their long-running patent litigation. The settlement averts a potential court-ordered shutdown of the tremendously popular mobile “push” e-mail service in the United States, and is a full and final settlement of all claims, the companies said.

Final Curtain Falls on UNE-P

MARCH 11, 2006, IS THE day UNE-P lease rates become mere footnotes to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The day has been anticipated for a few years and been part of the official record since the FCCs ruling in December 2004. Because of this long lead time, the deadline is a non-event in the industry, […]

Verizon Receives Final States Approval for MCI Buyout

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) on Friday gave its blessing to the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. Washington State was the final hurdle for the companies to overcome; regulators approval sets the stage for Verizon to close its acquisition of MCI in early January. Verizon and MCI now have received […]

CLEC Industry Awaits Final TRO Remand Order

Speculation regarding the outcome of the FCC’s final TRO Remand decision ran rampant during presentations at the ALTS 2004 Business and Policy Conference held Wednesday in Washington, D.C. FCC staffers, who appeared on many of the conference panels, were peppered with questions about the timing and contents of the anticipated ruling. As expected, answers were […]

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