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Integra Closes Eschelon Acquisition

Integra Telecom Inc. said Friday it completed its $566 million purchase of Eschelon Telecom Inc. Eschelon is now a wholly owned company of Integra, which paid $30 per share for the company. The deal was announced in March. Integra said the combined company is one of the largest CLECs in the country and would have […]

ILD Acquires Andiamo Telecom Assets

ILD Telecommunications Inc. said Tuesday it has acquired certain assets of facilities-based carrier Andiamo Telecom LLC for an undisclosed sum. ILD said the acquisition helps broaden the companys outsourced services reach into the international marketplace. San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based Andiamo Telecom serves international and domestic clientele. Privately held Andiamo Telecoms operator services call center division […]

Motorola Invests in Vocera

Motorola Inc., through its strategic venture capital division, has bought a stake in Vocera Communications, the company said Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Vocera Communications System lets workers communicate over a facility’s wireless network through a hands-free, wearable badge. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company serves hospitals, hotels, libraries and other retail businesses. […]

News Briefs

After months of speculation, it looks like the Sprint Nextel Corp.-cableco joint venture is about to bear fruit. The wireless operator told USA Today that Time Warner Cable and Comcast Communications will go live with cell service in a handful of markets by the end of 2006, with full deployments scheduled for the months following. […]

TelePacific to Buy Fellow CLEC Arrival

Now that TelePacific Communications serves the Central California market thanks to its Pac-West acquisition last year, the company is expanding in that area with another merger announced on Wednesday. TelePacific Communications said it will buy Arrival Communications, gaining 64,000 access line equivalents in California, and giving wholesale customers use of Arrivals network and colocation facilities. […]

Consolidated Upgrades Network With Ciscos Gear Multi-Service Transport Platform

Consolidated Carrier Services (Booth 621) recently upgraded the infrastructure of its Texas-based network with the deployment of the Cisco Systems Inc. Multi-Service Transport Platform (MSTP 15454) DWDM system with ROADM capability. The carrier also completed new physical routes, geographic diversity and enhanced its PoP infrastructure. Consolidated serves the Texas metro areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston […]

Exhibit Sales Off to Great Start! Already 50% Sold Out!

Following the big success in Vegas last March , and then a hot East Coast show in D.C., the momentum going into the Spring 2007 Channel Partners Conference & Expo is solid! Participation from repeat exhibitors is growing (there are eight 20×20 booths already!) and many new companies are scrambling to get into the show […]

Two Southeastern Master Agents Complete Merger

Consolidation among master agencies appears to have begun in earnest. CCLD Inc. and Biggar & Associates, which operates under the name Partner Management Group, announced on Friday they have merged. The deal had been long-rumored in the industry. CCLD is the sole telecommunications provider for the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome and Centennial […]

AccessLine Brings SmartVoice to Boston, Expands Partnership

Hosted VoIP provider AccessLine Communications on Tuesday launched its SmartVoice Service in the Boston area. AccessLines SmartVoice Service targets SMBs by combining local, long-distance and toll-free phone service; it does not require users to buy additional phone equipment. The company also expanded its partnership with OneCall, signing OneCall as an authorized SmartVoice dealer. OneCall mainly […]

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