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Business News – Lucent Unveils Optics Minus Fiber

Posted: 09/1999 Lucent Unveils Optics Minus Fiber By Peter Lambert Telecommunications carriers soon may be able to take the fiber out of local fiber optic economics, thanks to WaveStar OpticAir, an over-the-air optical laser technology introduced by Lucent Technologies Inc. on July 14. By next March, Murray Hill, N.J.-based Lucent promises to deliver an initial […]

Business News – Study Finds Sprint, SNET Still No. 1 Among Long Distance Customers

Posted: 09/1999 Study Finds Sprint, SNET Still No. 1 Among Long Distance Customers By Liz Montalbano In a J.D. Power and Associates’ study recently released, Sprint Corp. and Southern New England Telecommunications Inc. (SNET) maintain their dominance for keeping residential long distance customers happy. The study from the Agoura Hills, Calif.-based research firm, "1999 Residential […]

Cashing In

Posted: 08/1999 Cashing In Agents Calculate Risk of Equity Play By Khali Henderson The real trick for agents is allying with the company most likely to succeed. Amidst the stock market’s longest winning streak, the telecom industry has been engaged in consolidation at all levels as service providers jockey for position. Mid-sized players are gathering […]

Telecommodities Indices

Posted: 07/1999 TeleCommodities Indices Turns Forward-Looking Beginning in next month’s issue of PHONE+, RateXchange will publish new TeleCommodities Indices reflecting temporal (current and future) and geographically specific indicators, including: * The Real-Time Bandwidth Exchange*Revealed Price Index (RTBX*RPI), which reveals current market rates for wholesale public switched telephone network (PSTN) minutes; and * The RTBX*Revealed Forward […]

Too Little, Too Late?

Posted: 07/1999 Too Little, Too Late? The Unfulfilled Promise of Wireless Resale By Kim Sunderland Wireless resellers have been stuck between a rock and a hard place for years. And when push comes to shove, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may be largely to blame. In June 1996, the FCC in Common Carrier Docket No. […]

Carrier Channel: Crossing the Pond

Posted: 06/1999 Crossing the Pond Global Carriers Build, Buy or Lease Undersea Cable By Ken Branson The bottom of the North Atlantic has been accumulating submarine cable since 1858, when the first one was laid between North America and Europe–a telegraph cable. Since then, coaxial and then fiber optic cable has snaked under the water. […]

Router Chips Spawn IP Services Race

Posted: 06/1999 Router Chips Spawn IP Services Race Telecom Giants Scramble To Acquire Intelligent Edge Suppliers By Peter Lambert In 1998, a new distributed microprocessor architecture for data routers began to yield a new class of terabit-per-second routers that can forward packets as fast as the fastest Internet backbone wires can deliver them. In 1999, […]

Networks: Terabit Routers Take on Networking’s Heavy Lifting

Posted: 06/1999 Terabit Routers Take on Networking’s Heavy Lifting By Charlotte Wolter The very phrase terabit router has an awesome ring, conjuring images of huge streams of data under the control of a powerful, fast machine. Indeed, terabit routers–which will switch 1 trillion bits per second and more–will sit at the hearts of some of […]

Taking Inventory of the Systems-ServiceProposition

Posted: 05/1999 Taking Inventory of the Systems-Service Proposition By Khali Henderson InstantOffice from Vertical Networks Inc. provides a single-platform solution for the voice and data communications needs of small businesses. The bundle is the sales slogan for competitive telecommunications service. One 1999 study by Arthur Andersen LLP, Chicago, predicts that 94 percent of service providers […]

Carrier Channel: IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away

Posted: 05/1999 IXCs: Don’t Let DA Slip Away By Larry Butler Since 1964, consumers have dialed 411 for local directory assistance (DA) and NPA-555-1212 for numbers outside their local area. This approach has worked reasonably well for years, but no longer. Multiple local exchange carriers (LECs) and number portability are among the reasons that a […]

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