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UniDial, Bell Atlantic in $300 Million LocalResale Deal

Posted: 06/1999 UniDial, Bell Atlantic in $300 Million Local Resale Deal By Ken Branson Seated: Jack Goldberg, president, Bell Atlantic Corp. Telecom Industry Services division (left) and J. Sherman Henderson III, president and CEO, UniDial Communications Inc. Standing: Peter Karoczkai, vice president of marketing and product management, Bell Atlantic Telecom Industry Services division (left) and […]

From Apron Strings to Purse Strings – Gen-Xer Tapped by Frontier to Invest $100 Million in Startups

Posted: 05/1999 From Apron Strings to Purse Strings Gen-Xer Tapped by Frontier to Invest $100 Million in Startups By Ken Branson Vital Signs Name: Jonathan Heiliger Title: Senior Vice President, Frontier Internet Ventures Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif. www.frontierventures.com Age: 22 Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif. Education: High School Assignment: Find businesses (or ideas for businesses) that fit […]

Is Wireless Service Telecom’s New ‘Air’Apparent?

Posted: 04/1999 Is Wireless Service Telecom’s New ‘Air’ Apparent? Will New Creative Pricing Schemes for Cellular, PCS Services Threaten Landline’s Reign? By Jennifer Knapp Illustration by Ben Folkertsma For more than 15 years, competitive providers of cellular service have competed fiercely against their wired cousins. Convenience has been their trump card. And while anywhere communications […]

An Alliance of a Different Color

Posted: 02/1999 An Alliance of a Different Color By Jennifer Knapp Take one billing provider, one switch manufacturer and 30 small switchless resellers, bring them together and what do you have? The TelecomAlliance. This union, however, is clearly a horse of a different color in the telecommunications alliance corral. Unlike its predecessors–The Telecom Buying Alliance […]

CompTel, ACTA Agree to Merge

Posted: 01/1999 CompTel, ACTA Agree to Merge By Charlene O’Hanlon and Khali Henderson After years of rumors, failed negotiations and mounting vendor pressure, two of the primary long distance industry groups–The Com-petitive Tele-communications Association (CompTel) and America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA)–have signed a letter of intent to combine their memberships. Completion of the merger was […]

Where’s Value Heading?

Posted: 01/1999 Where’s Value Heading? By John T. Mulqueen Summarizing the multibillion-dollar communications venture capital (VC) industry is like asking a blind man to describe an elephant. The beast is too big and has too many unique appendices to be depicted easily. Besides, it is moving all the time. Still, one piece of the giant […]

PLAYERS

PLAYERS DATE TRANSACTION STATUS SBC Communications Inc., Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. (SNET) Jan. 5 Merger agreement valued at $4.4 billion. Completed as of Oct 15. ICG Netcom, C3 Communications Inc. Oct.8 ICG Netcom will purchase 100 percent of C3’s interests in ChoiceCom. Expected to close in 1999, pending regulatory approvals. UniDial Communications Inc., Metracom […]

MCIWorldCom Solidifies Lead in Wholesale

Posted: 12/1998 MCIWorldCom Solidifies Lead in Wholesale By Jennifer Knapp Two months after its merger, the MCI WorldCom Inc. combination has rolledout its new wholesale strategy, solidifying the leadership position of its predecessors WorldCom Inc. and MCI Communications Corp., which held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. The pair now will effectively control […]

Score!

Posted: 12/1998 Score! For Network Plus, Telecom is No Spectator Sport By Ken Branson It was the risk and reward, Rob Hale Jr. says, that got him started. He was 23 and a year out of Connecticut College, working in sales for the former MCI Communications Co. It was a good job and he was […]

There’s Still Money in the Bank

Posted: 11/1998 There’s Still Money in the Bank By John T. Mulqueen Telecommunications costs a fortune. Incumbent carriers spend tens of billions of dollars annually expanding and maintaining their networks. Newcomers have the same burden when they try to ramp up their networks to crack open existing markets. And, Wall Street has been more than […]

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