Just for CICs

Posted: 05/1998 Just for CICs Switchless Resellers Join the PSTN Crowd By Ken Branson Just as the U.S. Postal Service uses names, addresses and ZIP codes to identify and sort mail, the public switched telecommunications network (PSTN) uses carrier identification codes (CICs) to sort out telecommunications traffic. "CICs are used to ‘mark’ the carrier of […]

The Final Chapter

Posted: 03/1998 By Dan Baldwin The Final Chapter In the November issue of PHONE+ we began a three-part series on what you can do when one of the Big Three beats your price in a deal you thought you had closed. This month’s column is the final chapter, and the information comes from an actual […]

Local Number Portability

Posted: 01/1998 By Patt Rice Who said you can’t take it with you? You can now. Well, at least your telephone number. For the last several months–in the face of emerging local competition–the telecommunications industry has been devising an automated means of allowing local subscribers to change carriers while keeping their telephone number. This service […]

The Telecom Wars

Posted: 01/1998 With the coming of the new year and everybody full of good cheer–or maybe just too much food and drink–this seems like a good time to talk about cooperation. The need stems from conversations about negotiating agreements among interexchange carriers and incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers. There isn’t much movement to report. […]

Local Number Portability

Posted: 01/1998 By Debera Bell-Beam Phased implementation of local number portability (LNP), a Congressional mandate to be carried out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has begun with the first drop-dead date of March 31 for wireline local exchange carriers (LECs) that serve seven major cities. Initial deployment, broken into five phases, will target the […]

ATIS Discusses 500/900 Number Portability

Posted: 12/1997 ATIS Discusses 500/900 Number Portability WASHINGTON–The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) recently told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requiring portability of 500 and 900 number services only for services provided by local exchange carriers (LECs) is not practical. Last year the FCC asked ATIS’ Industry Numbering Committee (INC) to study the […]

800 Redirect

Posted: 12/1997   800 Redirect A Re-emerging Fraud Scam By Jim Marsh, Senior Manager, Fraud Control, MCI Imagine a business with a very active 800 service. Calls are coming in; people are busy; orders are being taken; and customers are being serviced. Now imagine that same business with no calls coming, people sitting around, no […]

Intelligent SS7 or Stupid Networks

Posted: 12/1997 Intelligent SS7 or Stupid Networks Why We Care By Gary Kim Going to the dentist for a root canal might be preferable to sitting through a discussion of Signaling System 7 (SS7). Nevertheless, we care about SS7 because it enables many types of services related to call completion and billing; little things like […]

Resale Report

Posted: 09/1997 Resale Report Prepaid Wireless: Add Another Arrow to Your Quiver By Debera Bell-Beam Despite huge revenue growth_$4.6 billion from 1995 to year-end 1996_only 17 percent of the U.S. population subscribes to a wireless service, according to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Wireless already serves 50 million customers, but with about 30 percent […]

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