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Skype Reports Outage

Internet phone provider Skype reported Thursday that many of its customers cant log in to the service. The company, which is owned by eBay Inc., said on its Web site that the service should be back up in 12 to 24 hours. The company said its engineering team has determined it is a software problem. […]

Westcon Group to Distribute Hitachi Cable Phones

Westcon Group Inc. said it is distributing wireless phones and accessories from Hitachi Cable Ltd. The agreement covers North America and Europe and includes the WirelessIP3000 and WirelessIP5000 handsets, both SIP-based phones that interoperate with a range of network equipment. The introduction of Hitachi Cable’s wireless solutions will initially occur at Voda One, Westcon Group’s […]

Level 3 Completes ICG Acquisition

Level 3 Communications Inc. on Wednesday completed its acquisition of ICG Communications Inc., a privately held Colorado-based telecommunications company. Level 3 paid approximately 26 million unregistered shares of its common stock and approximately $45 million in cash. The provider paid $9 million more in cash than it initially expected because ICGs working capital had improved […]

Tollgrade Completes Emerson Acquisition

Tollgrade Communications Inc., a developer of test systems for telecom and cable companies, has completed its acquisition of the wireline test system unit of Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America Inc., a subsidiary of Emerson. Emerson Network Power provides wireline testing software and hardware products for DSL and traditional POTS applications. Tollgrade paid approximately […]

Mobile ESPN Launches Super Bowl Sunday

ESPN will launch its MVNO during Sundays Seahawks-Steelers matchup. Mobile ESPN will support the launch with a 60-second Super Bowl commercial called Sports Heaven, featuring more than 20 athletes, from spelling bee champs to baseball pitchers. The service, available initially on black-and-red Sanyo MVP handsets, offers users ESPN sports content and real-time updates like game […]

WSJ: Qwest to Augment MCI Offer

Qwest Communications International Inc. is expected to raise its $8 billion offer for MCI Inc. this week in the ongoing bidding war between Qwest and Verizon Communications Inc. for the former WorldCom, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal did not say by how much Qwest planned to increase its proposal. Although Verizon […]

PRIMUS Canada Chooses Brix Software

PRIMUS Telecommunications Canada Inc., one of Canadas largest carriers, is using service assurance products from Brix Networks to measure the quality of its PRIMUS Canada TalkBroadband VoIP service. PRIMUS Canada and Brix said today PRIMUS initially will deploy the Brix VoIP PreQual Application as part of its recently introduced Web portal My TalkBroadband that lets […]

ITC^DeltaCom Expands Product Portfolio for Dealer Partners

ITC^DeltaCom (Booths 201-203), a provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southern United States, is expanding its product portfolio for its dealer partners. The enhanced voice and data service bundle, Simplici-T Plus, initially will be available for the company’s dealer partners initially in 10 markets, and eventually throughout the company’s other 30 markets […]

Bells Assemble Teams to Scrutinize Federal Order

The regional Bell operating companies have assigned teams of lawyers and other executives to examine a federal order that will shape the future of the telecommunications industry. The Bells are preparing for the moment the Federal Communications Commission releases a 600-page document governing new telephone and broadband rules. “We do not usually go to this […]

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