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IPtimize to Acquire WTI

Denver-based IPtimize Inc. plans to buy CLEC WTI LLC in a move it expects will boost revenue and subscriber counts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, even though IPtimize is a publicly traded company. However, it trades on the Pink Sheets market, a system comprised of companies that dont have to meet any listings […]

Inc. 500 Lists Tout Telecom Companies

Inc. Magazine revealed its 26th annual list of Americas 500 fastest-growing private companies last week, and the list shows telecommunications as one of the top growth industries. The telecommunications category of companies grew by 1,056.5 percent on average, making it one of the top five most notable median growth categories, preceded by environmental services, food […]

Integra Closes Eschelon Acquisition

Integra Telecom Inc. said Friday it completed its $566 million purchase of Eschelon Telecom Inc. Eschelon is now a wholly owned company of Integra, which paid $30 per share for the company. The deal was announced in March. Integra said the combined company is one of the largest CLECs in the country and would have […]

Sprint, Alltel, U.S. Cellular Fined for Not Meeting E911 Deadline

Sprint Nextel, Alltel and U.S. Cellular Corp. are facing a combined $2.8 million worth of fines from the FCC for failing to meet an E911 deadline. Sprint faces a $1.3 million fine, Alltels is $1 million and U.S. Cellulars is $500,000. The FCC said it will fine the companies because they did not meet the […]

Qwest CEO Search Ends With Mueller

Qwest Communications International Inc.s appointment of Edward A. Mueller as its new chairman and CEO appears to be a good move, analysts say. But some wonder whether anything significant will change for the third largest Bell company if Mueller doesnt bring new and visionary ideas, especially regarding Qwests enterprise strategy. Mueller (pronounced Miller) was named […]

News Briefs

Beleaguered MVNO Ampd Mobile Inc. was purchased out of bankruptcy Aug. 1 by Prexar Mobile, a nationwide provider of wireless services operated by USA Telephone, a CLEC. Launched in 2005, Ampd filed for Chapter 11 protection on June 1. Joe Nacchio, Qwest Communications International Inc.s embattled former CEO, was sentenced July 27 to six years […]

EarthLink Cuts Jobs

EarthLink Inc. said on Tuesday it will cut 900 jobs and close four offices because it needs to reduce operating costs. The companys stock was up 48 cents on the news, closing at $7.34. The loss of 900 employees represents about half of EarthLinks work force. EarthLink is closing its offices in Harrisburg, Penn., Knoxville, […]

ShoreTel Signs Black Box as New Partner

IP equipment maker ShoreTel has signed Black Box Corp. as a new distributor. ShoreTel earlier this year scored CDW as a new VAR partner and, this week, also added Black Box Corp. to its channel roster. Black Box builds and maintains voice and data networks across the globe. Its the company that, last year, bought […]

Mitel, Inter-Tel Complete Merger

Two weeks after Inter-Tel Inc. stockholders approved a merger with Mitel Networks Corps., the companies have sealed the $723 million deal. Mitel said on Thursday it now is the top IP unified communications provider for enterprises and SMBs in North America and the second-largest in the Western European IP PBX market. As we come together […]

Nokia Issues Warning About Bad Batteries

Nokia said Tuesday that millions of its cell phone batteries could potentially overheat. The warning applies to Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries manufactured by Japans Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. between December 2005 and November 2006. Matsushita is one of several companies that produce more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. Nokia said 46 million batteries are included […]

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