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i2Telecom Unveils Global Calling Plan

i2Telecom International Inc., a provider of VoIP products and services, this week introduced a worldwide calling plan that costs $24.99 per month. The One Planet, One Rate Plan offers unlimited calling throughout the United States and Canada, and to more than 100 cities around the world. Subscribers use i2s VoiceStick plug-and-play device with the calling […]

Intercarrier Compensation Under Scrutiny

The FCC in March launched the second phase of its comprehensive rulemaking proceeding regarding intercarrier compensation. Policies and regulations adopted as a result of it likely will affect all corners of the telecommunications industry. The commission’s objective in the proceeding perhaps is summarized best by Commissioner Michael J. Copps: “Our intercarrier compensation system is Byzantine […]

Vibrant Solutions Announces Customer Win, System Enhancements

Billing and OSS company Vibrant Solutions said this week at Billing World it has signed a large contract with a North American wireless carrier and released a new version of its ViewLogic 7 Series. Vibrant Solutions signed the deal with the help of Netezza, a provider of data warehouse appliances. The unnamed Tier 1 carrier […]

i2Telecom Releases Softphone Version of VoiceStick

i2Telecom International Inc., the maker of the plug-and-play VoiceStick, today released the softphone version of the VoiceStick service. The software is a downloadable Internet phone free to subscribers. The softphone gives users access to the i2Telecom network, no matter where they are located. It installs on a laptop or desktop PC and provides the same […]

Telstra Offers Private-Network VoIP

Telstra Inc., a service provider, today unveiled T-VoIP, its version of IP telephony, for sale to companies worldwide.“T-VoIP is based on Telstra’s global IP VPN platform that is backed by our service level agreements,” says Dan Kerth, president and COO of Telstra. “Companies can combine voice and data traffic to maximize their return on investment and […]

Oh, Margin, Where Art Thou?

Faced with pressure to boost margins and generate profits, Global Crossing Ltd. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have begun raising the rates they charge long-distance phone companies to ride their networks. The actions reverse a trend of spiraling price declines in the wholesale voice market, which had allowed big carriers like Global Crossing and Qwest […]

Broadwing Announces Layer 2/3 MPLS

Broadwing Communications LLC (Booth 511) this week has divulged that in June it will introduce new Layer 2 and Layer 3 MPLS solutions. Both will be based on the Tellabs 8860 Managed Service Switch Router, which does switching and routing in one chassis, and with one network management system. While several other service providers, including […]

California Raises Wholesale Phone Rates

California regulators have raised the wholesale rates SBC Communications Inc. is authorized to charge rivals, inciting at least one phone company to partially cease marketing and drawing criticism that the price increases will hit the wallets of consumers and businesses. The ruling affects about 1.4 million lines San Antonio, Texas-based SBC leases to competitors and […]

FCC Planning Wholesale Rate Freeze

The FCC is planning to freeze for six months the wholesale phone rates telecommunications companies such as Talk America and MCI pay to BellSouth Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc., SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. charge for access to their local networks after a federal appeals court rejected contentious rules the commission released last […]

360networks Promotes 30% Commission Deal

360networks (Booth 101) is offering a special commission rate for channel partners who sign up with them during The Channel Partners Conference & Expo. 360networks says it will pay 30 percent of the on-net MRR on the first sale of 360networks products for the first months billing, plus 15 percent thereafter for the term of […]

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