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Proposed Interim Cap First Step in USF Overhaul

High in Missouris northeastern corner, in a pocket perhaps best known for guided deer and turkey hunts, managers of a local telephone cooperative are keeping an eye on federal Universal Service Fund (USF) reform efforts. The 55-year-old Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. serves 4,500 subscribers across eight counties, and its costs are about four times […]

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Switchvox, Cbeyond Products Interoperable Switchvox said its products are interoperable with Cbeyonds SIP Trunking service, BeyondVoice with SIPconnect. The interoperability allows Switchvoxs and Cbeyonds channel partners to provide customers with an IP PBX system, Internet access, local and long-distance voice service and toll-free numbers in one packaged offering, the companies said. Switchvox SMB is available […]

Readying for Apples iPhone

You may have heard that the iPhone is set to arrive this week. The sleek little $500 device will be available June 29 and is getting its close-up in Time magazine, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, while generating a bevy of press relations announcements from partner vendors and starring in a series of demo […]

WHAT’S NEW

GlobalTouch Offers Private-Label Prepaid VoIP VoIP provider GlobalTouch Telecom Inc. unveiled a hosted, prepaid VoIP platform, offering MSO, carrier, PTT, reseller and ISP customers a private-labeled turnkey application with built-in scalability. Features include call forwarding, three-way calling, caller ID, call waiting and instant voice mail to e-mail. There also is a real-time billing engine, Web-based […]

Motorola to Cut an Additional 4,000 Jobs.

Motorola Inc. said Wednesday it is cutting an additional 4,000 jobs. The move is in an effort to cut costs and return to profitability, and Motorola said in a statement it would save $600 million next year as a result. The company also said it would tighten general and administrative expenses. The mobile phone maker […]

Changing Gears

Changing Gears The telecom industry has been in transition ever since Alexander Graham Bell first gave us the telephone, said Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, in a presentation at this springs CTIA conference. But the last few years [have] been simply breathtaking.

Alcatel-Lucent Net Drops

Alcatel-Lucent posted a net loss 8 million euros, or $10.8 million, during the first quarter mostly because of the companys $11 billion dollar merger. The French-American equipment maker reported first quarter net income of 199 euros ($268 million), or 9 cents per European share, compared with 306 million euros, or 13 cents per share, during […]

XO Lowers Losses

XO Holdings Inc. reported Thursday that it lowered its net loss by more than 50 percent during the first quarter compared to the same time last year. The companys net loss was $20.6 million during the first quarter. It was $43.7 million in 2006. XO reported its revenue at $348.5 million compared with $349.6 million […]

PAETEC Reports First Post-Merger Earnings

In its first earnings call since its merger with US LEC Corp., PAETEC Holding Corp. reported first quarter revenue of $194 million, which represented a 37.8 percent increase over first quarter 2006 revenue of $140.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the 2007 first quarter increased 52.5 percent to $34.2 million over adjusted EBITDA for the 2006 […]

Qwest 1Q Income Nearly Triples

Qwest Communications International Inc. nearly tripled its net income in the first quarter, thanks to continued adoption of its bundled services, relaxed regulation and cuts in areas including retiree benefits. The nations third-largest local phone company reported net income of $240 million, or 12 cents per share, over $88 million, or 5 cents per share, […]

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