More than Lip Service

Several years ago I used to hang out with one of the ad reps at my magazine. She would joke that whenever one of her clients began discussing sports she would say dont get me started, indicating once she got started talking about football, for example, they wouldnt be able to shut her up. In […]

Cisco Delivers Next-Gen, Optical Education Track

As part of its platinum sponsorship of the CompTel/ASCENT Convention & Expo, Cisco Systems Inc. is facilitating educational programming on next-generation and optical networks to carrier executives attending the Orlando event today. The track includes three sessions beginning this morning at 8:30 and continuing until noon. Topics cover understanding the SMB market, optical networking and […]

Who Will Win the Race Back to the Future?

Remember when there was one phone company? With all the merger activity in the telecommunications industry, doesnt it seem that we are heading back to the future? With SBC Communications Inc. buying AT&T Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. swallowing MCI Inc., and Sprint Corp. and Nextel Inc. merging to create Mega Telcos, the number of big-brand […]

IBM, AT&T Enter SMB Market

With SMBs an increasingly hot market in the telecom world, two major industry players are going after what has typically been the target for smaller companies. IBM Corp. and AT&T Corp. this week said they are rolling out their own service bundles for small and medium-sized businesses, which will be sold through their respective partner […]

POTS to PANS: VoIP Offers for SMEs Grow to Meet Opportunity

VoIP will take us from Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS), to a world of Pretty Advanced New Services (PANS), to borrow a phrase from Leapstone Systems Inc.’s Paul Shaneck. And, small businesses will be one of the most fruitful target segments. Whereas enterprise early adopters dominated early VoIP with almost 80 percent of VoIP revenue […]

News Briefs

ATI, a carrier that works with master agents, has been selected by Inc. Magazine as company No. 41 on its Inc. 500 list. ATI came in No. 5 for the telecom sector and No. 2 in Orange County, Calif. Inc. Magazine’s annual list ranks America’s 500 fastest growing privately held companies. ATI executives say the […]

Ready, Willing &Web-enabled

Posted: 2/2003 Ready, Willing & Web-enabled Key SMBs Prime Targets for Web Collaboration Tools By Helen Chan THE USE OF THE INTERNET for collaborative purposes among some small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is an emerging trend. The increase in SMB broadband adoption — estimated at a 17 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2001 […]

Agents, SMBs Central for WorldCom’s First 100 Days

WorldCom Inc. ( chairman and CEO Michael Capellas has laid out a plan for 2003’s first 100 days, leading up to the filing of the bankrupt giant’s plan of reorganization in April. A laser-like focus on the small and medium business (SMB) market, initiatives for new products and services, new ethics guidelines and management reorganization […]

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