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The Letter

It has been almost six years since I was responsible for our corporate data network, and three years since I was last involved in telecom. To be expected, the landscape of this industry has changed and right now, as the new Group Publisher for PHONE+, I feel like a newcomer. Luckily enough, the underlying principals […]

Pioneer Acquires Adelphia Long-Distance Customers

Pioneer Telephone (Booth 811) has expanded operations through the purchase of Adelphia Communications Corp.s long-distance customer base. A privately held company founded in 1989 and based in Portland, Maine, Pioneer is taking on approximately 110,000 customers in 27 states. The Adelphia base is a good match for our company, says Peter Bouchard, Pioneer founder and […]

Splice Helps CLEC Expand

A large CLEC has chosen Splice Communications (Booth 1004) to help it expand its network, the company says. Splice, a telecommunications wholesale service provider specializing in IP transit, local access, private lines and colocation, runs an extensive partner program. It also is a partner and reseller for several Tier 1 service providers. The unnamed CLEC, […]

Sprint/Nextel Hires New Channel VP

The recently merged Sprint and Nextel (Booths 212-214) has hired a new vice president of partners and channels. Steve Rowley has worked in the telecom industry for more than 17 years, most recently in various senior level positions at Sprint. He last worked as vice president of emerging and mid-markets within Sprint Business Solutions, where […]

First Avenue Appoints New Head

First Avenue Networks, a provider offering wholesale services for other carriers, has named Mike Gallagher as its new president and CEO. Gallagher replaces Dean Johnson, who remains on the board of directors as vice chairman. Gallagher previously served as president of Flarion Technologies, a company recently acquired by QUALCOMM. He also has worked for Bay […]

Trinsic Faces Possible Nasdaq Delisting

Trinsic Inc., the former Z-Tel Communications Inc. that was a major player in the UNE-P space, is in danger of losing its listing on the NASDAQSmallCap Market. The NASDAQ Stock Market Inc. last week notified Trinsic that it is in violation of NASDAQ’s voting rights rule, as well as rules requiring submission of a Listing […]

CoStreet Appoints Director of Carrier Sales

CoStreet Communications, a Louisiana-based network integrator, has hired Linda Michaels as director of carrier sales. Michaels most recently served as managing director of sales for Universal Access in Chicago. She has worked in telecom for more than 16 years; before Universal Access, Michaels worked as strategic accounts director for Progress Telecom. In her new position, […]

Sage Names New President, COO

Terry W. Lewis has been named president and COO of Sage Telecom Inc. Lewis has more than 23 years of experience in the communications industry, most recently as group senior vice president-international operations for Verizon Communications. Lewis also served as president of GTE Telecommunications Inc., was vice president of marketing and product management for GTE […]

Access One Bolsters Executive Team

Service provider Access One Inc. has hired two new executives.Jonathan Mitch Mitchell will serve as vice president of operations, responsible for the network and operations departments. He will provide technical and service direction for Access One and manage its network. Prior to joining the company, Mitchell worked for corporations including MCI Inc., MFS Communications, Worldcom, […]

Sprint Names VP of Indirect Sales

Randy Bryson recently took on the position of vice president of Indirect Sales at Sprint (Booth 101). In the new role, Bryson drives sales for all of Sprint Business Solutions (SBS) through Sprints base of more than 400 wireless/wireline selling partners, and oversees recruitment of new partnersto sell Sprint bundled solutions. He manages all eight […]

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