Jumping Into the Low End

I am not sure if its coincidental, but two technology companies Cisco and Digium, which are at opposite ends of the size and philosophy spectrum are rethinking their go-to-market strategies addressing the low-end business market. Both companies have come up with appliances that will make it easier for small businesses to adopt their technology and […]

COMPTEL Classroom Debuts in Expo Hall, Studies Voice Peering and IMS

This fall, the organizers of the COMPTEL PLUS show want to send attendees back to school with its new COMPTEL Classroom programming short tutorials on hot topics delivered on the exhibit floor. Featured COMPTEL Classroom lecture topics include voice peering and IMS. Many of the COMPTEL members have expressed interest in learning more about these […]


CARRIER CONSOLIDATION WAS A HOT topic of conversation at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in D.C. (see related story). This is not surprising coming on the heels of two major CLEC merger announcements. US LEC and PAETEC announced Aug. 14 they are merging in a $1.3 billion deal. And, Time Warner Telecom said in […]

AVAYA CSSG Adopts RPM Throughout Back Office

RPM Software (Booth 522) has announced that AVAYA Carrier Services Solutions Group (CSSG) has standardized its back office on RPM solutions. Last year, AVAYA replaced its internal system with RPM to fully manage commissions processing and presentation. Previously, AVAYA used one commercial system to manage telecom service quotes, another vendor system to manage orders, and […]

Quintrex Adds Marketing Modules

Quintrex Data Systems Corp. (Booth 1141) has added a marketing management solution to its integrated customer care, billing and accounting software package. The functionality targets communications providers on a budget, wanting to market and bundle services for the triple play and wireless markets. In order for ILECs to compete in todays competitive market place, it […]

Clash Over VoIP Patent Claims

Acceris Communications Inc. and ITXC Corp. are suing each other over intellectual property related to Internet telephony. First, Acceris claimed ITXC’s services and systems infringe on its U.S. patent “Method and Apparatus for Implementing a Computer Network/Internet Telephone System.” ITXC then filed a lawsuit against Acceris, alleging infringement of five of ITXC’s patents related to […]

Wholesale: Level 3 Tops $2 Billion in Dark Fiber Sales

Posted: 02/2001 Level 3 Tops $2 Billion in Dark Fiber Sales By Josh Long In a cash-parched market, Level 3 Communications Inc. ( complemented its $5 billion portfolio of available cash through year 2000 sales of dark fiber and related services valued at more than $2 billion. Last November, the carrier’s carrier announced dark fiber […]

Business News – Touch America Bids for Qwest’s Long Distance

Posted: 05/2000 Touch America Bids for Qwest’s Long Distance By Stacy Lane Linkmeyer Touch America (, the telecommunications subsidiary of The Montana Power Co., will pay nearly $200 million for Qwest Communications International Inc.’s ( long distance services and related business covering a 14-state area.Qwest must divest of the services to meet FCC ( criteria […]

PRIMUS To Acquire Retail Business, Assets ofTelegroup

Posted: 07/1999 PRIMUS To Acquire Retail Business, Assets of Telegroup PRIMUS Telecommunications Group Inc., McLean, Va., a facilities-based global telecommunications company, announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the retail assets and business of Telegroup Inc., Fairfield, Iowa, for approximately $72 million in cash and debt securities. PRIMUS will purchase Telegroup’s retail […]

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