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  Vol 21, No. 7 July 2007   SHOP TALK AVAYA GOES PRIVATE MOTOROLA SEEKS VARS COMPTEL SEARCHES FOR NEW CEO QWEST CEO TO RETIRE GLOBAL CROSSING CHANGES CHANNEL NEWS BRIEFS PORTFOLIO SECURING OPPORTUNITIES Offering a holistic managed security service can help agents secure VoIP sales. TOOLBOX VERIFICATION, REFINED Advances in mature third-party verification services […]

Playing to Win

By all accounts, Avaya Inc. was ready to get Wall Street off its back. Competition in IP and unified communications is hot, hot, hot. And Avaya has spent its time reacting to investors looking over its shoulder. Certain things can inhibit some longerterm strategies, says an Avaya spokesperson. So, after weeks of speculation, Avaya on […]

Ampd Goes Bankrupd

Down but not yet out: After 17 months of fast growth, hipster MVNO Amp’d Mobile filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday night, blaming a lack of OSS/billing scalability for its troubles. To finance a back-end infrastructure overhaul necessary to maintain operations, the company is expecting to restructure its more than $100 million […]

The Conference Group Goes Multimedia, Extends Global Reach

The Conference Group has announced a repackaging of functionality with ReadyShowMulti-Media, a combined audio and Web conferencing service. The converged offering is available as a private-label service to CLECs and other resellers. We have always incorporated the Web conferencing service into our reservationless audio bridge, but at an incremental cost, explained Greg Plum, The Conference […]

Associations Then & Now

LONG-DISTANCE THEN: COMPTEL, the result of the 1984 merger of the Association of Long Distance Telephone Companies (ALTEL) and the American Council of Competitive Communications (ACCC), expanded its focus on long-distance competitors to include local, wireless and Internet service providers. NOW: COMPTEL now represents nearly 300 service providers and their suppliers. It has acquired three […]

TelePacific Goes Wholesale

When TelePacific Communications bought Mpower Communications Corp. in August, it also took on that carriers successful wholesale division. The same people and services now operate under the TelePacific umbrella, giving the California-based CLEC another line of business. TelePacifics Russ Shipley The move is significant for TelePacific, which has made its name as a retail carrier. […]

Taking VoIP for a Walk

A NEW BREED OF VOIP is looking for a home with mobile users. The application offers wireless savings and new functionalities, like presence management, making for an interesting opportunity for wireless dealers and VARs. While off-portal application providers dominate the discussion for now and the reach of dualmode phones is embryonic, the stage is set […]

NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

Harry Newton If telecom transformations have your head spinning, you might need a new reference point, and Harry Newton has come to the rescue with the 22nd edition of Newtons Telecom Dictionary. The 1,040-pagetome includes 22,950 definitions, enough to satiate any telecom geek or neophyte. This time around, Newton also has included four bonus sections: […]

Nortel Goes MIMO

Nortel Networks announced WiMAX portfolio enhancements powered by MIMO technology on Thursday afternoon, geared to support bandwidth-intensive services such as VoIP, videoconferencing and interactive gaming. Nortel is developing a complete portfolio of MIMO-powered WiMAX systems to serve numerous global markets and customer scenarios. Nortel’s WiMAX products are designed to allow wireless and wireline carriers, cable […]

Citynet Expands Footprint, Goes Rural With GigE

Known for its attention to underserved markets, Citynet (Booth 1423), has expanded its product offerings of gigabit Ethernet and other services to many new Tier 2 and Tier 3 COs in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. In the past year, Citynet has made significant capital investments in expanding its network to meet the specific needs […]

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