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Avaya…. And the PBX Industry

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Why go private? The costs to be public are transparency, shareholders and regulatory. Between SOX and GBL and all the other rules, it is an expensive venture to go public. The options mess and executive compensation only add to the headache. Yet public means access to monies (ask TowerStream who went […]

Becoming More Than Hype?

By Michael Fair, MarketRace Managed Services. I think that until recently these services were more hype than reality. I am really starting to see an interesting trend that is really starting to take off. There is a blending of hardware providers and service providers emerging around managed services. Customers want one-stop shopping and hardware providers […]

Linksys Restructures Partner Program, Adds Hosted Providers

Linksys plans to roll out a restructured Linksys Partner Connection (LPC) program in August, the Cisco Systems Inc. division said Wednesday. The equipment maker said it wants to become more efficient for its channel partners selling the Business Series and Linksys One products to SMBs. Linksys also said it will align partner programs and other […]

Appeals Court: VoIP Must Pitch in to USF

A federal appeals court has upheld the FCCs requirement that VoIP providers contribute to the Universal Service Fund (USF). Nearly a year ago, the FCC revamped the USF contribution base to include VoIP providers that connect to the PSTN. Vonage Holdings Corp. then filed suit against the agency. Even though the court on Friday sided […]

FCC Moves to Toughen E911 Standards

The FCC on Thursday voted to move forward on strengthening E911 standards to help more accurately locate cell phone users in an emergency. The agency tentatively concluded, based on a proposal by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, that wireless companies should have tougher geographic standards when testing the location accuracy of their […]

This Week in Differentiation

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Zimbra-Comcast. Funambol-EarthLink. M5-SimulScribe. Intelliverse-Webex-Jabra-Creative. Yep, providers are finally getting that if you have to get beyond basic, you have to be customer-centric. You have to show true benefit. For the VoIP Providers like M5 and Intelliverse, these moves mean that they take a nice big step to side of the rest […]

Fitting In

Fitting In Amidst movements by Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to integrate conferencing as simply one more application within a unified communications framework, Web and audio conferencing service providers are taking stock of the opportunities and threats within a newly converged landscape of collaboration and are repositioning to compete.

AT&T Regional Alliance Program Recognizes Circle of Excellence Solutions Providers

AT&T Inc. has announced the winners of the AT&T Regional Alliance Programs annual Circle of Excellence, recognizing the top performers among more than 600 companies and 3,000 salespeople in the Solution Provider program that serve small and medium business customers. Each AT&T region sets qualification criteria based on performance metrics and, this year, awarded top […]

Wireless VARs: Step Up Your Game

THROUGH NO TRYING of their own, AT&T/Cingular, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc.s direct sales channels have dominated the delivery of solutions to SMBs. These traditional mobility/cellular service providers have invested heavily in their telemarketing and retail store environments, expecting to drive their future business sales and support through these channels. They […]

Federal Lawmakers Introduce USF Reform Act

Congressional Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., have introduced a bill to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). Boucher and Terry on Thursday released the text of their bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2007. They are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecom. The bill proposes to […]

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