Trading Desk: Band-X Acquires German Exchange

Posted: 02/2001 GE Brings Good Things to Arbinet By Bruce Christian Arbinet-thexchange Inc. (www.arbinet.com), a full-service trading solution for buyers and sellers of telephony bandwidth, reached an agreement in December with GE Capital Commercial Services (www.geccs.com) that provides thexchange with global credit risk management, a variety of financing and back-office support services. The deal supports […]

Trading Desk: Why Establish a Bandwidth Trading Desk?

Posted: 11/2000 Why Establish a Bandwidth Trading Desk? A: As telecom companies become more familiar with the "commoditization" of bandwidth, they usually want to know what the implications are, and how they might take advantage of the emerging environment. Adaptation, for some, has meant establishing a "trading desk," or for the more fearful, a "pricing" […]

Regulatory News – FCC Views Nationwide Broadband Deployment Cautiously

Posted:  09/2000 FCC Views Nationwide Broadband Deployment Cautiously By Kim Sunderland While the nationwide deployment of advanced services has improved, the FCC still is concerned about pockets of communities at risk for not receiving the bounties of broadband. Meanwhile, competitors are praising the FCC’s (www.fcc.gov) second report on broadband deployment as proof the Telecommunications Act […]

Trading Post

Trading Post Q: What is the role of the OTC broker? A: One of the emerging players in the bandwidth commodity trading market is the over-the-counter (OTC) phone broker; a middleman whose function is to find counter-parties for its customer’s trades.The broker is much like a marketing subcontractor, searching through the marketplace for the most […]

Not Necessarily News

Posted: 07/2000 Overheard … … at the Association of Communications Enterprises (www.ascent.org) Spring Conference & Exhibition, May 9, in Philadelphia …“Communications is a major aid to civilizing the world–a point we haven’t reached yet.”–Media icon Walter Cronkite delivering the keynote address Move Over WWF … Wrestling is going online–Web Word Wrestling that is. Introduced by […]

Competitors urge FCC to approve Internet changes

Posted:  03/2000 Competitors urge FCC to approve Internet changes KIM SUNDERLAND Although it has been a dormant issue for several months, competitors have renewed their efforts to push the FCC into permitting customer requests to change a carrier over the Internet. During the past several years, Congress, the FCC and many states increasingly have become […]

Outsourcing Receivables Management

Posted: 11/1999 Outsourcing Receivables Management By Keith Shaver and Brian Briggs To survive and flourish, service providers mustfocus on aggressive receivables management that helps the organization maximize customer profitability. It’s no secret that competition has transformed the telecommunications industry, stimulating dramatic growth, innovation and the emergence of many new players–even industry categories–that did not exist […]

Carrier Contracts: A Minefield of Avoidable Risk

Posted: 08/1999 Carrier Contracts: A Minefield of Avoidable Risk By Neil S. Ende Carrier agreements are intended to set forth the terms and conditions under which resellers purchase the essential commodity of their business: telecommunications services. Sadly, however, it is a rare instance when the reseller has read or truly understands the essential terms and […]

Prepaid Providers Take Risk out of Dial ToneBusiness

Posted: 05/1999 Prepaid Providers Take Risk out of Dial Tone Business By Jennifer Knapp and Liz Montalbano Labeled "phone sharks" by many a regulator, prepaid local service providers are finding a following among an estimated 6 million households without dial tone by enabling them to pay for local service up front–avoiding credit checks and large […]

Priming Your Upside

Posted: 05/1999 Priming Your Upside –A Guide to Raising Private Debt By Bryan Mitchell and Salman Tajuddin As any telecom insider would tell you, telecommunications is a capital-intensive business. The ability to execute on a business plan is predicated not only on raising the appropriate amount of capital, but also on raising the appropriate type […]

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