Velocity Names VP of Alternate Channels

Velocity Inc. has promoted Mark Sondergaard to vice president of alternate channels. Sondergaard has 20 years of experience in the industry and will be responsible for the companys alternate channels division. He also is responsible for the rollout of Velocity’s new VoIP program Prestige, As Good As It Gets. Velocity Inc.

Google Mesh Makes Good

Google Inc. has announced that its municipal Wi-Fi network in Mountain View, Calif., is growing in traffic by around 10 percent each month. Its welcome news in an industry plagued with business model issues. The free service, launched earlier this year, is advertising-supported. The 12 square-mile network has an average of 15,000 unique users each […]

Icahn Motorola Board Bid Fails

Carl Icahn and Motorola Inc. CEO Ed Zander wont be sharing the board room after all. Icahn has failed to win a seat on the board after a shareholder vote this week at the annual meeting in Chicago. Existing board members, however, were re-elected, perhaps an indicator that shareholders were willing to stick with Zanders […]

Helio Unveils Ocean Dual-Slider

Helio LLC has Introduced Ocean, calling it the first dual-slider combining a numeric keypad and a separate QWERTY keyboard in a single device. Ocean is designed to be a social networking tool, Helio said, and it merges instant, text and picture messages and e-mails from all portals, ISPs and corporate exchange servers in one location. […]

Channel Partners Expo is 10! Get the Party Started!

Not that we are in need of reasons to celebrate, but I am proud to say that we actually do have some very good ones in 2007. The first is that PHONE+ magazine, our host, turns 20 this year. PHONE+ was founded in 1987 for the newly competitive payphone and operator services markets. There were […]

Microsoft, Nortel Deal Good for Channel Partners

The newly announced unified communications deal between Microsoft Corp. and Nortel Networks Ltd. bodes well for channel partners, especially systems integrators, resellers and independent software vendors. Microsoft on Tuesday announced it is getting into the voice business with the help of equipment maker Nortel Networks; together, the companies will deliver unified voice, e-mail and video […]

Treasury Department Repeals Excise Tax on Long-Distance Calls

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it would concede the legal fight over the federal excise tax on long-distance telephone service, and require the IRS to issue refunds to consumers and businesses for proceeds paid over the past three years. The 3 percent tax originally was established in 1898 as a “luxury” tax on […]

Wholesaler Vanco Direct Makes Debut at COMPTEL PLUS

Vanco Direct (Booth 413), the wholesale division of virtual network operator Vanco, is showcasing its tools and services, which it offers to carriers across the globe thanks to its acquisition last year of Universal Access. Vanco Direct used to be Universal Access and is making its debut at the COMPTEL PLUS Convention + Expo in […]

CommPartners Adds OSS, Billing to Wholesale VoIP

CommPartners LLC has enhanced its private label VoIP service to give its service provider customers access to a real-time rating, billing and provisioning system. The CommPartners Management System (CMS) OSS platform handles service delivery to billing, including a branded Web portal, and management reports and analyses of end-user activity. CommPartners CMS system also can create […]

Barkley Holds Court Again

Former NBA star Charles Barkley will deliver the keynote address here at the Spring 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo, with an uplifting message of meeting ones personal goals through education and hard work, delivered with his trademark blend of irreverence, candor and humor. Barkleys favorite themes include lifelong learning as a foundation for a […]

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