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Bigger Not Necessarily Better for Telecom Billing Systems

Posted: 09/2001 Bigger Not Necessarily Better for Telecom Billing Systems By Chris Garifo SIZE doesn’t always matter, even in telecommunications billing. For smaller CLECs and ILECs, turning to a major corporation, such as Convergys Corp., Lucent Technologies Inc., ADC Telecommunication Inc. or Amdocs Ltd., for their billing systems isn’t really an option because of cost […]

Telecom Heading Down TV, Radio Consolidation Path

Posted: 02/2001 Telecom Heading Down TV, Radio Consolidation Path You can see it coming, and when it does, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will look like a prophet. For years, as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, McCain has been critical of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His aim has been focused at radio, television and […]

The Pitch: Size Matters–With Self-Provisioning, Smaller Can Be Better

Posted: 05/2000 Size Matters– With Self-Provisioning, Smaller Can Be Better By Josh Martin While major long-distance carriers tout long-awaited services, they probably should keep an eye on independents. That is because some smaller carriers are attracting new customers as they forge strategic alliances and develop niche markets.Web-based self-provisioning is not evolving the way some analysts […]

Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform

Posted:  02/2000 Desperately Seeking Access Charges Reform BY KIM SUNDERLAND Now that January has come and gone, pressure has hit the boiling point regarding an access charge reform proposal, which would reduce interstate access charges by $5.6 billion annually over the next five years and still deliver on universal service. The Coalition for Affordable Local […]

Tellium, Lucent Team for Full Optical Solutions

Posted: 02/2000 Tellium, Lucent Team for Full Optical Solutions BY CHORLOTTE WOLTER Lucent Technologies Inc. (www.lucent.com) and Tellium Inc. (www.tellium.com) have announced a two-year joint venture that integrates Tellium’s digital switching products within Lucent’s optical-networking product portfolio to enhance their optical networking solutions. Lucent will distribute Tellium’s Aurora digital cross-connects, StarNet Restoration Software, and other […]

Regulatory News – FCC Advances Unified Access Charge Plan

Posted: 11/1999 FCC Advances Unified Access Charge Plan By Kim Sunderland When two of the nation’s largest long distance carriers joined with four of the country’s biggest local exchange carriers (LECs) on a plan to revamp the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) access charge rules, a hush fell over the industry. On this contentious issue, at […]

ISPs Dress Up Offerings by Reselling Premium Services

Posted: 11/1998 ISPs Dress Up Offerings by Reselling Premium Services By Denise Culver As the number of Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States continues to increase (one estimate predicts triple-digit growth between 1996 and 1999), the big question for smaller ISPs is how to keep a leg up on the competition when price […]

Diving for Dollars

Posted: 10/1998 Diving for Dollars Agents and their underlying carriers are increasingly diving into equity programs, bonuses and creative buy-backs. Will the golden parachutes open? Participants and observers share their views. By Bob Titsch Jr. and Peter Meade Agent equity programs have arrived. Their growth potential is astounding and the programs themselves may become equally […]

What About the Rest of the World?

Posted: 04/1998 By Casey Freymuth Whether or not the world is a big place is debatable. Whether or not there is more to it than Europe, however, is not. Thus, the question: If most of the international telecommunications community is focused on Europe, how does one shop the rest of the world for wholesale rates? […]

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