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ALLTEL, Western Wireless Complete Merger

ALLTEL said today it has completed its $6.5 billion merger with Western Wireless Corp. ALLTEL is issuing approximately 54.3 million shares of common stock and paying $933.4 million in cash for Western Wireless. ALLTEL also will assume estimated net debt of $2.1 billion. Through the Western Wireless acquisition, ALLTEL is gaining about 1.4 million wireless […]

Shareholders Give Thumbs-Up to Sprint-Nextel Merger

Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. shareholders have given the companies the go-ahead to merge into the new Sprint Nextel Corp.Sprint made the announcement yesterday at its annual shareholders meeting. The deal is worth an estimated $35 billion.The merger will form the No. 3 wireless company in the United States. The Associated Press also reported […]

FCC OKs ALLTEL-Western Wireless Merger

The FCC has given ALLTEL Corp. approval to acquire Western Wireless Corp., but imposed conditions requiring the divestiture of Western Wireless assets in 16 markets in Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska. Federal regulators concluded the merger of Little Rock, Ark.-based ALLTEL and Bellevue, Wash.-based Western Wireless will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. Through the […]

Sales Seminars – No Means Maybe and Other Secrets to Success

You didnt make the ball team. You didnt get accepted to your favorite college. You didnt qualify for the home loan. These things do happen. Rejection is a fact of life. Successful people, however, know they need to embrace rejection instead of shy away from it. The wealthiest and most successful people in society realize […]

AT&T Shareholders Give Nod to SBC Merger

AT&T Corp. shareholders on Thursday voted to approve SBC Communications Inc.s $16 billion acquisition of AT&T. Approximately 98 percent of voting shareholders approved the landmark agreement with less than 1 percent opposed, The Associated Press reported. AT&T Chairman and CEO Dave Dorman said the merger is expected to close in late 2005 or early 2006 […]

New MVNO Offers Push-to-Talk

Soon-to-be-launched mobile virtual operator (MVNO) Amp’d Mobile will use Kodiak Networks Real-Time Exchange (RTX) System to deliver push-to-talk (PTT) services with quality of service. Targeting the youth market ages 18 to 25 with an array of entertainment services, Amp’d Mobile has chosen an EV-DO 3G network to deliver exclusive content and a proprietary user interface. […]

Netopia Rolls Out Hot Spot 2.0

Netopia Inc. today rolled out the second version of its turnkey hotspot products and software, packaged specifically for resellers and managed service providers to market to small retail stores, franchises and chains, quick serve restaurants, cafes, doctors offices, Laundromats and more. VARs can rebrand the service with their own information, their customers or both. Solutions […]

Verizon To Give VoIP Providers Access to E911

Verizon Communications Inc. announced today it will give VoIP service providers and their vendors the ability to use Verizons Enhanced 911 emergency calling system to connect VoIP customer 911 calls to public-safety answering points (PSAPs), the company said in a statement. Details of how such a service would work were sketchy, but a Verizon press […]

RICA, ANPI Bring VoIP to Independent Telcos

Two telecom groups are partnering in a deal that will give members access to a nationwide, independent VoIP network. The Rural Independent Competitive Alliance (RICA), one of the United States largest CLEC associations, has made a deal with Associated Network Partners Inc. (ANPI), a consortium owned by more than 300 independent telephone companies, for its […]

Today Marks Last Day for Talks Between MCI, Qwest

Today is the final day for MCI Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. to discuss Qwests revised $8 billion buyout bid. Qwest is hoping to outdo an offer from Verizon Communications Inc., and this week upped the ante to $8.45 billion. Verizon told MCI it would give the company a two-week window to talk with […]

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