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EMBARQing on the Channel

EMBARQing on the Channel Theres always something new on the horizon, and for EMBARQ Corp., that thing is its channel program. Its channel strategy is a work in progress, launched when EMBARQ was spun off a year ago this June from Sprint Nextel. And rather than take a template from competitors, the company is taking […]

Livin Off the Edge: Mike Mudd

Mike Mudd, president and founder of satellite reseller Broad Sky Networks, has proved that the heavens are a great host not only to telecommunications equipment, but to telecommunications executives as well. When PHONE+ asked Mike about any special talents he possessed, he answered simply, Im dumb enough to run off of a mountain attached to […]

Verizon Reports 4.5% Earnings Growth

Verizon Communications Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings that came in 4.5 percent higher than a year ago. The nations second-largest phone company attributed the increase to growth in its wireless division. Verizon earned $1.68 billion, or 58 cents per share, up from $1.61 billion, or 55 cents per share, in the second quarter of […]

Global Crossing Changes Channel

Global Crossing Ltd. in late May laid off several employees that supported the companys channel program, according to sources close to the company. The reduction impacted less than five people in executive and support roles; names were not disclosed, but PHONE+ has learned at least two were channel managers. The action touched off rumors that […]

McLain Officially Named Endeavor Telecom Head

Justin McLain officially has been named president and CEO of Atlanta-based wholesaler Endeavor Telecom. McLain has served in that role unofficially since Endeavor spun off from SSI in 2002. The formal title was announced on Monday. From 1999 to 2002, McLain was vice president of sales for SSI. Endeavor Telecom www.endeavortelecom.com

Pac-West Files Bankruptcy

Wholesale service provider Pac-West Telecomm Inc. said on Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has watched revenue from ISPs continue to decline as it simultaneously has spent millions building out its network. It also sold its retail business to TelePacific Communications in March 2005, eliminating another revenue stream for Pac-West. Pac-West […]

Cisco Snaps Up WebEx for $3.2 Billion, Positions to Fend off Microsoft

Cisco Systems Inc. will acquire Internet conferencing market leader WebEx for $3.2 billion, it said Thursday. The deal will give Cisco an on-demand Web conferencing expertise to complement its ongoing unified communications rollout, particularly in the SMB segment. It also positions Cisco to fend off deepening competition from Microsoft Corp. Cisco and Microsoft have both […]

AireSpring to Co-Sponsor Joe Theismann Keynote Address

Dont miss football great Joe Theismann as he presents his game plan for success at theChannel Partners Conference & Expo. Co-sponsored by AireSpring and PHONE+ magazine, Joe Theismann, ESPNs Monday Night Football analyst and former NFL MVP, will present the keynote at the Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo on March 4, at The Venetian Resort […]

Colo Market Competition Heats Up

Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Switch & Data Facilities Co. Inc.’s (NASDAQ = SDXC) initial public offering of 11.7 million shares got off to a healthy start at $17 a share on Feb. 9. The day range was $18 to $22, according to Yahoo! Finance. Switch and Data needs the money. Since CIO Jim Eddy left the […]

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