XO: Selling Not in the Cards

On the same day Level 3 Communications Inc. committed to buying Broadwing Corp., XO Holdings Inc. said it will not sell its wireline division. For now. Industry experts have speculated for several months Level 3 would buy XO Communications. In August, Current Analysis Inc. analyst Brian Washburn told xchange magazine that XO Holdings Chairman and […]

Channel Politick

Youve no doubt noticed our marketing staff has gone overboard with the election theme in support of Campaign for Convergence at this years Fall 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo. First and foremost, the idea was to have a little fun at the expense of our political traditions. But, if you get past the clever […]

VoIP Vendors See the Light

IN THE EARLY DAYS OF ENTERPRISE VoIP, salespeople would arrive on the doorsteps of businesses like evangelists mounting the pulpit. VoIP, they preached, would be the salvation of every business owner, miraculously saving them money and outfitting them with business communication systems for the 21st century. Thanks, but no thanks, said many business owners, after […]

Wiedenbach-Brown Introduces LumiCool Lighting Fixture

Wiedenbach-Brown Co. Inc. (Booth 1454), a lighting and electrical solutions distributor, along with SBC Communications Inc. and Hubbell Lighting, has developed the LumiCool Lighting Fixture that connects to the office HVAC system via flexible duct. Showcased by Wiedenbach-Brown, the LumiCool fixture increases light levels using one T8 lamp and has the ability to bring airflow […]

Luminaries To Shed Light on Industry Direction, Developments

The speaker lineup at TELECOM 05 this week is populated by a well-balanced mix of leaders from both the network operator and the content provider sides of the fence. Keynote speakers at TELECOM 05 feature Ed Whitacre, chairman CEO of SBC Communications Inc.; Jim Robbins, president and CEO of Cox Communications; David Barrett, president and […]

Light A Fire

I recently called a company to make a purchase. A woman answered the phone and her voice was warm and friendly. I could hear the enthusiasm she had for her job when she asked how she could help me. I told her I wanted to order a product I had seen in a magazine. She […]

US Signal Expands in Illinois, Wisconsin

US Signal has announced plans to light the Wisconsin portion of its fiber-optic network and expand its network in Illinois, with service availability expected by the end of the second quarter. Telecommunications carriers, resellers and channel partners in Wisconsin and Illinois will have access to US Signals long-haul transport fiber network linking the cities of […]

Voicecom Adds Voice Mail Alert Feature to Service

Voicecom, (Booth 316) a provider of call answering solutions for the business-to-business market, announces the addition of the Message Waiting Indicator (MWI) feature to complement its residential and business voice mail offerings in seven LATAs. This feature allows users to be alerted to messages in their voice mailboxes by hearing a stuttered or broken dial […]

Shedding New Light on Dark Fiber

Posted: 12/2003 Shedding New Light on Dark Fiber By Khali Henderson If you think that you understand the business case for dark fiber, think again. Providers say its a different buying decision than it was just a few years ago, that the gap between bandwidth and dark fiber has closed, making the choice between one […]

CompTel, ASCENT Merger Gets Green Light

Posted: 10/2003 CompTel, ASCENT Merger Gets Green Light By Khali Henderson Ending months of speculation and negotiation, the boards of directors of the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) and the Association for Communications Enterprises (ASCENT) have agreed to merge the two trade groups forming the CompTel/ASCENT Alliance. The proposed merger must be ratified by the membership […]

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