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Bad News for UMB: Verizon Wireless to Go LTE

The CDMA-based 4G technology, ultra-mobile broadband (UMB), has received another death knell. Thats because CDMA operator Verizon Wireless and its parent company Vodafone plc (Vodafone and Verizon Communications Inc. jointly own the operator) have decided to pursue the GSM-rooted technology known as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) instead as their 4G data network choice. Arun Sarin, CEO […]

Sonopia Launches Wholesale MVNO for Specialty Groups

Call it MVNO 2.0, to affix a trendy suffix to what will surely be a new wireless business model social networking today took to the air. Affiliate groups, non-profits, clubs, sports teams and other groups of like-minded people can now form and launch their own MVNO for free via a MySpace-like Web site created by […]

NeuStar Announces Deployments for Mobile IM

NeuStar will interconnect and support mobile instant messaging for Telefonica, and for Vodafone plc throughout Europe. Users also will be able to access their PC-based Internet IM services. This is the first commercial fruit of the GSM Associations 2006 initiative for global, fully-interoperable personal IM. The acquisition last year of FollowApp, which specialized in mobile […]

Citel Introduces SIP-Trunking Voice Platform

In conjunction with the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo, Citel plc announced Wednesday a SIP-trunking voice platform using the Citel EXTender product suite; enabling distributed enterprises to replace branch office local circuits and connect directly to a centralized PBX, via a SIP-trunking service provider. Distributed enterprises need a better solution for connecting branch offices and […]

Vanco Uses Redback Gateway

Virtual network operator Vanco Plc is using Redback Network Inc.s SmartEdge Service Gateway to complement its MPLS VPN service. Vanco will use the SmartEdge platform to integrate MPLS VPN products from a range of carriers. “We needed a platform that was both scalable and reliable,” said John Locke, CTO at Vanco. “The SmartEdge platform clearly […]

Telkonet Gives Power to Resellers

Telkonet Inc. in mid-April plans to roll out voice functionality for its patented Telkonet PlugPlus commercial powerline LAN communications system. This enhancement will give its value-added resellers - namely ISPs, property management companies and some telcos - low-cost entrance into the telephone business serving multitenant offices and apartments. Ron Pickett, president and CEO of Telkonet, says PlugPlus […]

Riding the Third Wire

Some energy companies planning to offer broadband service over their power grids want to market technology and lease their infrastructure to Internet service providers, phone companies and other utilities. In March, Cinergy Corp. announced a joint venture with equipment maker Current Communications Group LLC to market broadband technology to municipally-owned power companies and rural electric […]

Option Shock

Posted: 06/2002 Option Shock Service Providers Grapple with Customer-friendly IP Billing By Peter Lambert Keith Wolters Senior director, product and industry marketing, Convergys Corp. BILLING VENDORS HAVE BEEN AWFULLY CREATIVE in generating usage-based, content-based and value-based pricing tools these past few years. Now their customers find themselves challenged to prove themselves equally creative in applying […]

No New Wires

Posted: 06/1999 No New Wires Fulfilling the Promise of Power Line Telecom By Khali Henderson Competitive telecommunications service providers currently are handicapped at the last mile as only the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) have wired access to the end users’ premises. For competitive LECs (CLECs) to reach the end user, they have to lease […]

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