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Integra Snaps Up Rival Eschelon

CLEC merger fever on the East Coast is spreading to the West Coast. Integra Telecom Inc. announced on Tuesday it is buying rival CLEC Eschelon Telecom Inc. for $30 per share, or approximately $566 million. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Integra is based in Portland, Ore., and serves business throughout […]

FDN Makes Management Changes

Florida-based FDN Communications has named Kevin Smith chief marketing officer and Jim DaBramo executive vice president of strategic sales. Smith, who has been with the company since 1999 and was vice president of marketing, will oversee all company marketing and promotional efforts. He also will focus on developing customer services and programs geared specifically toward […]

Verizon Sends Invites to 2007 Solutions Partners

Agents were expected to begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2007 Verizon Solutions Partner Program as early as today. The offers, however, do not contain terms and conditions for representing Verizon Business accounts. Jim Smith, a spokesperson for Verizon Communications Inc., said invitations were sent by mail this morning at 1 a.m., so agents […]

Roundtable Presents Wholesale Survival Tips

Convergence and consolidation are among the factors changing the carrier landscape, and urging wholesalers to revisit and reinvent their business models. To discuss the changes in the market as well as trends and opportunities, COMPTEL has assembled a panel of wholesale executives for an hour-long roundtable this morning. These include Michael Friloux, COO for Citynet; […]

Carrier Panelists Share Strategies for Finding, Acquiring Funding

Before service providers can say show me the money, they need to understand exactly what venture capitalists and investment banks are looking for when they consider doling out funds. In the session Finance-able Service Providers: Finding and Securing Funds from Investors, panelists will discuss just what it takes to secure the public or private financing […]

ATIS Forum Offers Clarity on Hot Technologies

Top technologists from the big four incumbent telcos yesterday at The ATIS Technology Forum laid out their visions for the converged, next-generation network. But rather than simply fueling hype about technologies like IMS, VoIP and WiMAX, these executives offered a dose of reality. While all the panelists agreed that IMS — and the vendor community […]

ATIS Forum Offers Clarity on Hot Technologies: VoIP, IMS,WiMAX

Top technologists from the big four incumbent telcos yesterday at The ATIS Technology Forum laid out their visions for the converged, next-generation network. But rather than simply fueling hype about technologies like IMS, VoIP and WiMAX, these executives offered a dose of reality. While all the panelists agreed IMS and the vendor community working on […]

Accudata Unveils Near Real-Time WebQuery

Accudata Technologies (Booth 1622) is announcing the availability of WebQuery, which offers customers real-time, online access to LIDB, CNAM, BNA information for low-volume, customer support type functions. Additionally WebQuery allows near real-time LIDB/CNAM updates to information stored in Accudatas database for such applications as telemarketing. The industry standard is about 30 days, says Gregory Smith, […]

Market Trends Session Analyzes Impact of Consolidation on Wholesalers

While the industry evolves and major providers continue to consolidate, service providers are left to wonder what the future holds for wholesale services in domestic and international voice and data markets. Todays general session, Wholesale Market Trends, will address those concerns and more. Moderated by ATLANTIC-ACM CEO Judy Reed Smith, the session will discuss shifts […]

Get Plugged In: Wholesale Forum to Stir Debate

Topics at todays General Session Wholesale Executive Forum are likely to run the gamut from discussions of VoIP to carrier issues to the regulatory climate to CLEC consolidation. To echo moderator Judy Reed Smith, CEO of Atlantic-ACM, the debates promise to be interesting and maybe "we can get some good controversy going." Reed Smith says […]

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