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In the Cards

Posted: 01/2000 In the Cards Prepaid Card Services Part of Winning Hand By Imke Mensah With forecasts showing continued, albeit slowing, growth, the increasingly competitive prepaid calling card market remains a good opportunity for network service providers. They’ll find some of their prepaid card profits coming from nontraditional users and from new service plays. While […]

BroadWing Takes Flight — But How High?

Posted: 01/2000 BroadWing Takes Flight — But How High? By Ken Branson "The world’s no longer driven by the big eating the small; it’s now the fast eating the slow," says Rick Ellenberger, president and CEO of BroadWing Inc. Ellenberger believes that BroadWing (www.broadwing.com), the newly launched amalgam of Cincinnati Bell Inc. and IXC Communications […]

Sprint Takes ASP Route, Too

Posted: 12/1999 Sprint Takes ASP Route, Too By Ken Branson Like its competitors–namely Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver–Sprint Corp. soon will become an applications service provider (ASP). It has formed an alliance with Deloitte Consulting, New York, to offer applications hosting services to corporate customers. The "alliance" stops short of a joint venture, but may […]

Innovative Aligns with Level 3 To Offer BusinessesPrivate Networks

Posted: 12/1999 Innovative Aligns with Level 3 To Offer Businesses Private Networks Innovative Communications Networks, a subsidiary of Innovative Communications Technologies, Seattle, has teamed up with Level 3 Communications Inc., Omaha, Neb., to offer businesses a dedicated virtual private network (VPN) solution that will send voice and data out as local calls without the burden […]

Hypercom, Inter-Tel Form IP Carrier Solutions Company

Posted: 12/1999 Hypercom, Inter-Tel Form IP Carrier Solutions Company Hypercom Network Systems and Inter-Tel Inc., both Phoenix-based, have formed a joint-venture company targeting the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) gateway equipment market. The new company, Cirillium Corp., Phoenix, will integrate carrier-class hardware platforms, call processing software and a service creation suite to help competitive carriers […]

It’s On the House … Sort of

Posted: 12/1999 It’s On the House … Sort of By Liz Montalbano Though a free lunch still may be hard to come by, a host of companies are making free communications services accessible to anyone who knows where to find them. Services ranging from long distance calling to Internet access to Internet messaging now are […]

Savvis Debuts Global Network for VPNs

Posted: 11/1999 Savvis Debuts Global Network for VPNs By Charlotte Wolter Savvis Communications Corp., St. Louis, has combined its 18-city U.S. network with the global offering of its parent firm, Bridge Information Systems, to create an 87-city global (Internet protocol [IP]/asynchronous transfer model [ATM]) network. The network will be operated by the Savvis business unit […]

Sprint, MCI WorldCom Announce $115 BillionMerger

Posted: 11/1999 Sprint, MCI WorldCom Announce $115 Billion Merger By Ken Branson MCI WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. have agreed to merge in what may be the biggest U.S. corporate combination ever. When the merger closes some time in the second half of 2000, the new company’s name will be WorldCom, company officials say. The […]

Business News – Qwest Offers Free Internet Access with Bundled Services

Posted: 10/1999 Qwest Offers Free Internet Access with Bundled Services By Liz Montalbano In a move that analysts say is the future of bundled services, Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, announced it would offer free Internet access to consumers who purchase special long distance calling services. Qwest’s communications package consists of free unlimited dial-up Internet […]

Regulatory News – CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill

Posted: 10/1999 CompTel Protests House Broadband Bill By Kim Sunderland The Tauzin-Dingell bill (H.R. 2420) that would deregulate and offer broadband relief to the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) won’t work, the board of directors for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. In a letter of protest sent to Congresswoman Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M., a […]

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