GST GM Kinney-Mantione Mourned

The agent community is mourning the loss of one of its star performers. Susan Gayle Kinney-Mantione, 45, former general manager of master agency Global Systems Telecom, in Coconut Creek, Fla., died April 14, losing her battle with a long-term illness. According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, she is survived by her partner of 13 years, […]

Reignmaker Signs GST to Hawk Hosted PBX

Master agency Global Systems Telecom (GST) has added Reignmaker Communications REIGN-FREE hosted PBX service to its list of products for channel partners to sell. GSTs general manager, Susan Kinney-Mantione, said the company chose Reignmaker as its preferred vendor for its nationwide coverage and thorough support. In our opinion, no one does hosted VoIP better than […]

GST Named Premier Master Agent

Global Systems Telecom has qualified for designation as a CSP Network Premier Master Agency. The CSP Network Master Agency Certification Program was rolled out by PHONE+ last fall to bring clarity to the definition of this unique player in the distribution channel. PHONE+ has sought to formalize this increasingly important dealer category and to recognize […]

WCS Rolls out Services to GST

Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS) said today it has signed a multiyear agreement to provide master agency Global Systems Telecom (GST) with its voice, data, Internet and conferencing services. This agreement will allow our partners to more effectively penetrate the high-end enterprise marketplace with a total solutions package, says Paul Silicato, vice president and co-owner of […]

Business News – Time Warner to Buy GST Assets

Posted: 10/2000 Time Warner to Buy GST Assets Time Warner Telecom Inc. ( and GST Telecommu-nications Inc. ( have announced that Time Warner will purchase GST’s assets for $690 million, excluding the majority of those in Hawaii and residual cash balances.The consideration consists of cash and assumption of certain assumed liabilities, according to the announcement […]

Bottom Line: Carriers Stirred, Not Shaken by Market Upset

Posted: 07/2000 Carriers Stirred, Not Shaken by Market Upset By Ken Branson The stock markets of the world–particularly The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (–have been going up and down like window shades this spring.As competitive telecom carriers see their stock prices rise and fall, you must wonder, how has this volatility affected their real-world businesses? […]

News Briefs

Posted: 03/2000 News Briefs * GST Telecommunications Inc. ( has announced an indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreement with Worldwide Fiber Inc. ( under which GST receives fiber between Seattle and Portland, Ore., and approximately $30 million. In exchange, Worldwide Fiber receives conduit on GST’s Sacramento, Calif.-to-Los Angeles long-haul route. This agreement marks the third […]

Business News – ADDS, MOVES & CHANGES

Posted: 03/2000 ADDS, MOVES & CHANGES Joseph A. Basile Jr., president and CEO of GST Telecommunications Inc. ( has announced his resignation to pursue other interests. Basile will continue to serve as a member of GST’s board of directors. Tom Malone, GST’s COO, is serving as interim CEO pending a search for a permanent CEO. […]

Carrier Channel: News Briefs

Posted: 02/2000 News Briefs * GST Telecommunications, Inc. ( has activated its MAN in Houston, continuing that market’s integration into GST’s core ICP operations. The Vancouver, Wash.-based ICP turned up its 38-mile, multiple conduit fiber backbone through Houston’s central business district, which connects it with previously deployed voice and data switches. GST entered Houston in […]

The "New" Regional Long DistanceCompanies

Posted: 11/1999 The "New" Regional Long Distance Companies By Ken Branson In baseball, coaches call it staying within yourself–the art of hitting the ball hard and consistently, but not necessarily far. It is advice several competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) seem to have taken to heart. They have concluded–and their routes to this conclusion vary–that […]

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