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Round Table

On the America COMPETES Act, which, in part, reforms high-tech innovation policy The American economy is the envy of the world, and we need to keep it that way. Pres. George W. Bush [O]ur workforce must have the technical skills to make it advantageous for companies to keep their businesses here in the U.S. instead […]

Vodafone Wont Sell Stake in Verizon Wireless

Vodafone said Wednesday it wont sell its stake in Verizon Wireless. The British company owns a 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless and had an option to sell up to $10 billion of it to Verizon Communications Inc. By declining to sell, Vodafone ends recent speculation about what it would do with its U.S. arm. […]

Merger Madness

CLEC M&A FEVER is spreading from coast to coast. In the span of one day, four major CLECs announced unions worth millions of dollars. Integra Telecom Inc. declared its $566 million acquisition of Eschelon Telecom Inc. on March 20, while NuVox Communications and FDN Communications disclosed their merger, minus the financial terms, on March 21. […]

NuVox, FDN to Merge

NuVox Communications and FDN Communications said on Wednesday they will merge in a deal that will result in more than 90,000 customers and 1 million voice and data lines. The transaction is expected to close in June. Financial details were not disclosed; both CLECs are privately held. However, they said their combined annual revenue will […]

Champion: Always Keep Your Gloves Up

Boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard took the stage at Wednesdays COMPTEL PLUS convention to talk about developing winning strategies for the long-term a philosophy that resonated with participants of the tumultuous telecom industry. Boxing, he said, is a metaphor for life. Theres always a fight, he said, passing on some well-earned advice: Always keep your […]

Nokia, Siemens Discuss Joint Venture

Nokia and Siemens on Monday outlined their upcoming product portfolio and provided some details of the future Nokia Siemens Network. The companies last year announced a 50-50 joint venture to combine Nokias Networks Business Group and Siemens carrier-related operations into Nokia Siemens Networks. The deal is expected to close sometime this quarter. At the 3GSM […]

Case Study: Securing a Path to VoIP for Saflink

Seattle area-based Saflink Corp., a biometrics security solutions company, recently tackled a multifaceted telecom problem. Faced with a pending office relocation and the potential loss of its existing phone number bank, Saflink had the daunting task of finding a service provider that could help it implement an immediate low-cost solution. Through telecom expense and inventory […]

VoiceLog Announces E-mail Notification for Third-Party Verification

VoiceLog LLC on Monday announced the availability of its Email Notification service for third-party verification. The new Email Notification enhancement is an automated service that immediately e-mails clients when verification for their subscribers does not occur. We listened to the needs of our customers and developed this free, value-added service so that our clients could […]

Sealed With a KISS*

Adam Edwards, CEO formaster agency Telarus Inc., has built up a respectable business selling access lines about 150 T1 circuits per month using an auto-quoting system available at ShopforT1.com and marketed by several hundred marketing agents and about 60 subagents. But its getting harder, says Edwards, noting prices have dropped 50 percent since Telarus started […]

Don’t Keep Your Head in the Sand!

If you are in the channel and you are not taking the time to understand the current regulatory environment or more importantly, the pending regulatory environment, you are doing your company a disservice. There are many issues that are being debated in Congress, the FCC and the state PUCs that, ultimately, will impact the way […]

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