SIPconnect Gets Real

The SIP Forum this week at VON is announcing the completion of its recommendation of SIPconnect, the groups SIP implementation for IP PBX to service provider trunking services. SIP Forum Chairman Jay Batson expects to see vendors test SIPconnect at future forum interoperability events, the next of which is planned for October at the University […]

TeleManagement Forum Launches Prosspero Initiative

The TeleManagement Forum (TMF) at TeleManagement World unveiled a market initiative it is calling Prosspero. Prosspero provides developers with open-source code based standards, as well as a full support ecosystem to enable rapid implementations, the TMF said. To become part of the Prosspero program, implementation standards must go through a rigorous approvals process, and have […]

FCC Upholds VoIP CALEA-Compliance Deadline

The FCC on Wednesday stuck with a May 14, 2007 deadline requiring VoIP providers to comply with 1994s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The agency last August had said providers must meet CALEA obligations, but a number of carriers asked the FCC to reconsider the deadline. The FCC on Wednesday refused to change […]

BillSoft Partners with Tax Compliance Firm

Taxation solutions company BillSoft Inc. (Booth 100) announced at the CompTel/ASCENT Spring 2005 Convention & Expo that it is partnering with a tax compliance firm. BillSoft says Smart & Associates LLP, a business advisory and accounting group, will be the preferred tax consulting implementation partner for BillSofts Total Tax Solution. BillSoft says its alliance with […]

Steps to Installing Hosted VoIP

Agents who think this model is just too complex ought to reconsider. It simply requires a change in mindset, not an advanced degree in data network engineering. The paradigm shift from wired TDM voice to packet-based telephony services provides unique opportunities for the sales agent channel. More revenue, a larger base of customers, better customer […]

IRIS Networks Completes Tandem Switch Implementation

Nashville-based IRIS Networks, a wholesale carriers carrier, has completed implementation of its tandem switch, providing another choice in tandem services to rural member companies across Tennessee. The IRIS switch provides additional revenue opportunity for our rural members and a more cost-effective tandem alternative for carriers needing access to rural telephone companies, says Ellen Bryson, chief […]


Posted: 04/2002 The New Robber Barons By Neil S. Ende NOT SINCE THE DAYS of the robber barons has an industry group flexed its monopoly muscle with such complete impunity. Indeed, in virtually every aspect of their conduct, the regional Bell operating companies (RBOCs) have leveraged and abused their monopoly power to effectively destroy any […]

Opcenter: Diagnosis: Advanced Billing Disease

Posted: 10/2000 Diagnosis: Advanced Billing Disease By Chris Garifo The good news is your company has runaway subscriber growth, and it’s days away from rolling out a suite of advanced services. The bad news is its billing system is on the verge of reaching its maximum capacity and lacks functionality to accommodate the atypical billing […]

Ethernet’s Star Rises Again

Posted: 08/2000 Delivering QoS via Application-Based Routing By Alex V. Petrov The IP has become the de facto platform for the long-hailed convergence of communications, computers and content.On the forefront of this revolutionary transformation is ferocious competition in the voice and fax services markets, where VoIP technology has made deep inroads into PSTN. Close optimization […]

Act III: Working It Out

Posted: 12/1999 Act III: Working It Out By Kim Sunderland The Telecommunications Act of 1996 turned 3 years old this year amid a lot of hype over whether the federal agency charged with overseeing its implementation was actually doing its job. As the national law roars up on its fourth birthday in February 2000, telecom […]

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