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The Letter

It has been almost six years since I was responsible for our corporate data network, and three years since I was last involved in telecom. To be expected, the landscape of this industry has changed and right now, as the new Group Publisher for PHONE+, I feel like a newcomer. Luckily enough, the underlying principals […]

Xspedius ICG Acquisition Now Official

Xspedius Communications LLC officially has closed a deal with ICG Communications Inc. to buy customers access to 194 buildings, more than 500 fiber miles and network facilities, and assets in five markets in the Southeast. The carrier announced on Thursday it has completed regulatory approvals and finalized the acquisition. The transaction expands Xspedius’ presence within […]

Fionda Looks to CommPartners for VoIP

Master agency Fionda LCC has selected wholesale VoIP operator CommPartners as the underlying provider for its FonVantage broadband phone service. We have been evaluating VoIP services to deliver to our customers, and found CommPartners network offered the most robust telephony and billing management solutions available, says Rick Stambaugh, president of Fionda. This partnership is an […]

PNG Brings Services to Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio

Service provider PowerNet Global Communications said today it has introduced local and long-distance phone service bundles for residential customers in Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio. The company is marketing the services through its channel partners. Todays news follows similar recent announcements for Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Texas. Even though some players have left […]

Consumers Want Deals, not Just Bundles, says CSG Survey

A survey of consumer interest in downloading content from broadband services has revealed that consumers will buy bundles of services only when those bundles offer them a discount on individual services and give them an opportunity to personalize their purchases. CSG Systems Inc., a provider of billing and management system software for broadband services, including […]

PNG Launches Service Bundles in Texas

Service provider PowerNet Global Communications yesterday introduced local and long-distance phone service bundles for residential customers in Texas. The services are sold through the companys channel partners. The packages start at $16.33 for unlimited local calls and 30 minutes of monthly domestic long-distance. For $21.33 per month, Texas residents get unlimited local calls and 120 […]

Jury Declares Ebbers Guilty

A federal jury today found Bernard Ebbers, WorldCom Inc.s former chief executive, guilty of fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents with regulators. Reuters reported he faces up to 85 years in prison; sentencing is scheduled for June 13. The 63-year-old Ebbers plans to appeal, Reuters said. Ebbers epitomized the rise and fall of the telecommunications […]

The Conference Group Introduces Online ARC

The Conference Group (Booth 331), a privately owned conferencing bureau, is introducing new online tools to support agents with provisioning through an agent resource center (ARC). Last year, the Conference Group unveiled a provisioning system that allowed end users to obtain pass codes 24 hours per day through an online application. The agent resource center […]

Go-Between Aids PCS Providers

While carrier’s carriers are finding a play in providing services to mobile operators, one telecom broker also has found a niche with PCS providers. Paradigm Telecom has cultivated a business of helping these wireless carriers specify and source network and equipment via a single point of contact. Paradigm was established in May 2001 by a […]

Norlight Says Wholesale Division Ranks High in Customer Survey

Norlight Telecommunications Inc. (Booth 315) says an independent marketing research firm found that its wholesale division rated high in a customer survey. The survey showed 92 percent of customers would recommend Norlight to a friend or colleague, and 93 percent are satisfied with their account team, according to Peregrine Marketing Research, which was hired to […]

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