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Musings on the Channel

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Just back from Channel Partners in Vegas. Here are some ramblings from a sleep deprived mind. Full energetic crowd in the Expo hall. Good to see. Pioneer Telephone had a long line all day to get Joe Frazier’s autograph. I would be interested in knowing if that will convert into any […]

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 […]

Drew Walker

THEN : In 1987, Drew Walker was president and CEO of SouthernNet Inc., a facilities-based long-distance company based in the Southeast with more than 250 employees and more than $200 million in annual revenue. The company’s vision was to be the largest regional long-distance carrier in the Southeast, Walker recalls, noting multiple acquisitions, including TELMAN […]

SOAP BOX

LAST YEAR, WE ALL WONDERED what was going to be the impact of the big megamergers: Sprint Corp. with Nextel, followed by MCI with Verizon Communications Inc., followed by AT&T Corp. with SBC Communications Inc. and then BellSouth Corp. thrown in on top. Surely, this was going to be bad for those of us building […]

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 […]

From Small Operator to Smooth Operator

FOR LONG-DISTANCE RESELLERS, CLECs and smaller telecom operators, the wolves are prowling the perimeter in the form of squeezed margins, ubiquitous brand messaging fallout from the great cable-ILEC triple-play battle, and nontraditional competitors. Its not easy being small today, and carving out a successful niche means knowing your existing and potential customers. Thus, customer relationship […]

Meet Channel Partners Editor Cara Sievers

Name: Cara Sievers Title: Managing Editor, PHONE+ Years at Virgo Publishing: 3 What is your job relative to the show? Editorial liaison between the trade show department and edit staff. Years working on the Channel Partners Conference & Expo: 3 Favorite memory from a Channel Partners show: The day before I left for my first […]

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 […]

TELE-SCOPE

ARIES(MARCH 21 – APRIL 19) Lady in red; little red Corvette; red skies at night; red wine. All good things, right? Well, the bad news for you, Aries, is that red is your ruling color; and this month, especially Saturday, the 15th, will have you seeing red and possibly in the red. The good news […]

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 […]

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