The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Posted: 08/2002 The Walls Come Tumbling Down Carriers, Channels Caught in WorldCom Fallout By Josh Long Z-TEL TECHNOLOGIES INC. WAS PLAYING with a full house early this summer. It had won a sweet contract — $50 million in licensing plus per-line fees — with WorldCom’s MCI Group to provide American households local and long-distance services […]

WorldCom: “We Turned Ourselves In”

In remarks that seemed crafted to exonerate executives from what could be one of the largest fraud cases in U.S. history, WorldCom Inc. ( CEO John Sidgmore said late Wednesday his own management blew the whistle. WorldCom’s auditing committee “immediately” informed independent auditor KPMG LLP ( that the No. 2 long-distance carrier had inflated earnings […]

AFN Quiet, But Not Dead

AFN Communications Inc., a utility-backed regional wholesale carrier, has been very quiet ever since its former chief executive left the company last year for another job. But AFN ( is not dead. In fact, the Tulsa, Okla.-based company recently inked interconnection agreements with three carriers to extend its 8,000-route-mile network at a nominal cost through […]


Posted: 04/2002 PARTNER CHANNEL NO PAIN, NO GAIN Local Service Agents Sweat the Small Stuff A $100,000 switched long-distance customer base can evaporate in two years, under typical attrition rates. This is why agents are encouraged to sell stickier services like local voice and data services. CARRIER BANKRUPTCY TEACHES AGENTS LESSON: DIVERSIFY Master agencies said […]

Trading Desk NEWS BRIEFS

Posted: 03/2002 TRADING DESK NEWS BRIEFS* Arbinet-thexchange introduced “peak/of-peak” trading on its voice minutes exchange in select European markets. The service allows members to buy or sell minutes on the same destination at two different prices depending on the time of day or day of week. A service provider terminating calls during weekday business hours […]


Posted: 01/2001 IN BOX More DSL Research Would Have Helped In the interest of journalism, I think you ought to know that while the direction of the above article [Twisting Pairs: Getting the Kinks Out of Video Over DSL, Nov. Phone+] is very much on target, i.e., DSL is already a viable transport for delivering […]

Business News – RBOCs Lose Their Jitters, Sign On With ITXC

Posted: 09/2000 RBOCs Lose Their Jitters, Sign On With ITXC By Bruce Christian The jitters are gone, and with them ITXC Corp. (, a wholesale Internet telephony carrier, has announced it now is completing RBOC-originated international phone-to-phone calls via the Internet for 13 of the 14 largest U.S.-based international carriers.“For ITXC this is monumental,” says […]

Wireless – Texas Pacific Group Invests in Gemplus

Posted: 06/2000 Texas Pacific Group Invests in Gemplus Texas Pacific Group, an international private equity firm, will invest between $300 and $500 million in equity into Gemplus (, a provider of smart card-based solutions and technologies.Texas Pacific Group will join Founder and Chairman Marc Lassus, Gemplus employees and members of the Quandt Family of Germany, […]

Stock Watch – Market Battered on High Inflation Numbers

Posted: 06/2000 Market Battered on High Inflation Numbers Cash flew out of Wall Street at the end of our trading session after the government’s Consumer Price Index’s core rate jumped by 0.4 percent, double what economists had expected. It also was the largest gain in five years. Three major indices registered their largest one-day point […]

Business News – Williams to Trade on Commodities Experience

Posted: 04/2000 Williams to Trade on Commodities Experience By Ken Branson and Khali Henderson Williams’ communications arm, Williams Communications Group Inc. ( announced in mid-February that it has formalized a strategy for bandwidth trading with intent to become a leader in setting trading standards for the industry.While the move is surprising given the carrier’s heretofore […]

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