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Grande Hires New Senior Vice President

Grande Communications (Booth 700) has appointed Jeff Brennan as the new senior vice president of business services. He will lead the wholesale and enterprise departments at Grande. Brennan was the former vice president of Sprint-Nextel Corp.s public sector for the western region. I was always impressed by Jeffs work at Sprint, said Grande CEO Roy […]

XO Communications Completes Nationwide Intercity Fiber-Optic Network

XO Communications Inc. (Booth 715) announced today it has completed its new next-generation, nationwide, intercity fiber-optic network and now carries customer traffic across all segments. The network allows XO to more than double network capacity and offer more higher-speed data transport services to content providers, enterprises and service providers. Our new next-generation network represents a […]

T-Mobile is Finally 3G-Bound

T-Mobile USA Inc. is packing its bags for advanced wireless services. It today revealed its plans for building out a UMTS/HSDPA broadband network, scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter, go live in 2007 and be completed by 2009, all for the relatively modest price tag of $2.66 billion. T-Mobile was the high bidder in […]

Leap Signs Up Kansas City

Leap Wireless International Inc. began offering Cricket cellular service in the Kansas City metro area this week. The launch includes the sign-up of around 40 indirect retailers and 33 premier dealers throughout the Kansas City market area. The carrier also opened three retail stores, with a fourth to soon follow. The Cricket CDMA service is […]

Alltel Completes Purchase of Midwest Wireless

Alltel Communications Inc. has completed its $1.075 billion cash purchase of Midwest Wireless Holdings of Mankato, Minn. Alltel expects to gain approximately 450,000 wireless customers in southern Minnesota, northern and eastern Iowa, and western Wisconsin, expanding the companys 850MHz wireless business into contiguous markets that cover a population of 1.9 million. Alltel is purchasing Midwest […]

EDITOR’S LETTER

CARRIER CONSOLIDATION WAS A HOT topic of conversation at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in D.C. (see related story). This is not surprising coming on the heels of two major CLEC merger announcements. US LEC and PAETEC announced Aug. 14 they are merging in a $1.3 billion deal. And, Time Warner Telecom said in […]

Time Warner Telecom SVP: Extending Fiber Footprint is Key

Time Warner Telecoms Michael Rouleau Time Warner Telecom Inc. announced it late July its intention to snap up Xspedius Communications LLC, a privately held CLEC based in Missouri, for $531.5 million. About a month after the deal was announced, PHONE+ Editor Khali Henderson spoke to Time Warner Telecoms Michael Rouleau, senior vice president of business […]

Qwest Completes OnFiber Acquisition

Qwest Communications International Inc. has acquired OnFiber Communications Inc. for $107 million in cash, the company announced on Tuesday. The company first announced its intent to purchase OnFiber in May. Qwests portfolio features data services, including metro optical Ethernet. OnFibers assets will provide the company with additional network facilities that will serve businesses in 23 […]

What About Xspedius Agents?

In late July, Xspedius Communications LLC became the latest CLEC to be absorbed by merger. Xspedius agents have expressed concern that its acquirer, Time Warner Telecom Inc., will not value their contribution to the merged company a common fear among agents in the consolidating marketplace. As a top Xspedius agent, we view this announcement with […]

Nextlink Expands Footprint, Will Act as Last-Mile for XO

Nextlink Wireless Inc. has launched broadband wireless in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston, and said announced that CLEC parent company XO will use Nextlink services as an alternative last-mile solution within the Nextlink nine-city footprint. Nextlink holds spectrum in the 75 largest U.S. markets. Todays launch extends the companys footprint to nine markets, including Dallas, Los […]

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