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Skype CEO Steps Down, eBay Takes Impairment Charge

eBay Inc. said Monday Skype co-founder and CEO Niklas Zennstrom has stepped down. Zennstrom helped found the Internet phone company in 2003 and will become executive chairman of its board. Michael van Swaaij, the companys chief strategy officer, will serve as CEO of Skype until it finds a permanent successor. eBay Inc. also said Monday […]

Vonage Legal Woes Continue, Stock Nosedives to All-Time Low

Vonage Holdings Corp. stock on Wednesday took a nearly 48 percent dive bottoming out at 94 cents per share and surpassing the previous all-time low of $1.20 after it got hit, twice, with more bad legal news. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court reaffirmed an earlier order that bars Vonage from using VoIP-PSTN connection and […]

Vonage Guilty Again of Patent Infringement

For the second time this year, a jury has said Vonage Holdings Corp. infringed on patents. The jury found Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., that Vonage infringed on six Sprint Nextel patents and ordered the VoIP leader pay $69.5 million. Vonage also has to pay Sprint a 5 percent royalty on future […]

Bad News for UMB: Verizon Wireless to Go LTE

The CDMA-based 4G technology, ultra-mobile broadband (UMB), has received another death knell. Thats because CDMA operator Verizon Wireless and its parent company Vodafone plc (Vodafone and Verizon Communications Inc. jointly own the operator) have decided to pursue the GSM-rooted technology known as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) instead as their 4G data network choice. Arun Sarin, CEO […]

Achtung! iPhone Expansion Continues Apace

As expected, T-Mobile International has announced it would begin offering Apple Inc.s iPhone in Germany beginning Nov. 9. Earlier in the week Telefonica’s O2 Europe plc said it would be the carrier offering the iPhone in Britain. France’s Orange SA should announce its own exclusive deal with Apple soon. The move to expand beyond the […]

VoIP Inc. Expands National Network Infrastructure

VoIP Inc., a leading provider of turnkey VoIP communications solutions for service providers, resellers and consumers worldwide, announced that it has doubled the size of its existing national network infrastructure to accommodate additional customers and increased traffic. In addition, this expansion includes the further build out of the company’s own facilities, which replace and expand […]

Speakeasy Offers ADSL2+ With Download Speeds of Up To 15mbps

Speakeasy expanded its connectivity speed offerings by adding the stand-alone OneLink ADSL2, which features download speeds of up to 8.0, 10.0 and 15.0mbps, and upload speeds of up to 1.0mbps. This next-generation DSL technology provides an alternative to traditional DSL and cable service. The Speakeasy OneLink ADSL2 packages are targeted to small businesses that need […]

Verizon Wireless Challenges FCC Over Open Access

Verizon Wireless has filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals against the FCC, to challenge open-access rules attached to the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. The open-access requirements are mandated for 22MHz worth of the licenses that are up for grabs in the January auction, under an FCC decision made last month. Essentially, this […]

FCC Shelves Forbearance Petitions at Monthly Meeting

After hours of delay, the FCC at its monthly meeting decided late Tuesday it wouldnt address several telco forbearance petitions on its plate. That gives commissioners another month to deliberate over the requests. The agency also pressured Qwest Communications International Inc. to withdraw its petition for relief from last-mile broadband connection rules at least temporarily. […]

Telarus Partners With BandTel for SIP Solutions

Master agent Telarus Inc., creator of ShopforT1.com, ShopforEthernet.com, and VARNetwork.com, announced Wednesday it has entered into a strategic partnership with BandTel to provide SIP-based services to its growing base of 1,000 sales agents and 2,000 VAR partners. This new relationship will make BandTel the flagship SIP provider in Telarus’ commercial telecom product offering. “BandTel has […]

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